Jim grew up in New Meadows, ID, attended Meadows Valley HS, then Boise State College. He married Jeannette Moudy of Boise, ID in 1965. They adopted two children, Tammy Nadine and Keith Eugene. They lived in New Meadows, Jim working within the logging industry until they moved to Seward, Alaska in 1975. They divorced in 1976.
Jim loved Alaska. He worked for LP at the Seward sawmill, then worked until retirement for the State of Alaska at AVTEC in Seward. He loved hiking and spending time outdoors and took Tammy and Keith on many hiking and camping trips all over the Kenai Peninsula. He took long walks in Seward at all hours of the day and night. He really enjoyed being outside.
Upon his retirement, Jim moved back "outside", joining his father & brother & brother's families on their farm property near Caldwell, ID. He tended to his father until his death at the age of 98. He loved watching ball games with his dad as well as spending time with family, his little dog, Baby, & tending his chickens.
Jim was a quiet man, a loving father & grandfather. He was friends with everyone. When ever there were children or critters around, he was like a pied Piper, or a magnet. They were just automatically drawn together. He Will be missed.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his son Keith, 2 grandchildren, & his brother, Lawrence. He leaves behind a daughter, Tammy Dixon of Bismarck, ND, Daughter in Law Angela Perry of Soap Lake, Wa, Grandchildren, Jason(Korto), Charlene, Jenna, Mikhail, Zack(Deedra), KayCee, Kelsey(Brittany), Kirsten(Josh) and Adopted Grandchildren, Danetta Marie, Jeannie Cressey(Richard), Jacqui Jacobson(Jeremy), Gina Jacobson, Shy Anderson(Nelly), and Brandon Ahrnkiel, 12 Great Grandchildren, Niece Ruth Ann Butler(Rob), Nephews Rick, Lloyd(Polly), Duane(Cassie) and Sister in law Sharon, as well as many friends and loved ones he met along the way.
Arrangements handled by Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, ID
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