James E. Daisey Sr., 68, a Prince George's County businessman and civic leader, died of cancer Sunday at Doctor's Hospital of Prince George's County.

A lifelong resident of Glenn Dale, he grew up on his family's farm, Fairland Farm, which he and his brother, Edward, had operated since 1950. In 1952, he and Edward founded Daisey Brothers, Inc., an excavating contracting company in Prince George's County.

Formerly an insurance agent, Mr. Daisey joined the Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, a predecessor of Nationwide Insurance Co., in 1936. He served as district sales manager of the Washington metropolitan area before retiring in 1968 to devote full time to his construction business. He was named manager of the year for his region in 1957, 1959 and 1960 and won other honors and awards for production, including outstanding sales quota awards for 10 consecutive years.

Mr. Daisey, who served with the Marine Corps in China and in the Pacific theater during World War II, had been a member of the Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Department since 1930. He served as fire chief from 1946 to 1949 and was captain of the rescue squad in the late 1930s.

He was a trustee of Glenn Dale Elementary School for 15 years, a longtime member of the Glenn Dale Citizens Association, a charter member and past president of the Suburban Lions Club and a life member of Ascension Catholic Church in Bowie.

Besides his brother, Edward, of Glenn Dale, survivors include his wife of 44 years, the former Jessie D. Duncan, of Glenn Dale; two daughters, Mary Elsie Henegar of Raleigh, N.C., and Martha A. Emory of Glenn Dale; a son, James E. Jr., of La Plata; another brother, William N., of Marlow Heights; three sisters, Elizabeth Mack and Catherine Wade, both of Glenn Dale, and Edith Cullinane of Washington, and seven grandchildren.