Jim was born June 4, 1952, in Southern California. Here he grew up and attended junior college, then continued his education at U of I. He had many adventures in his life including hitchhiking across the country with friends to music festivals, hopping boxcars, shipbuilding in Mississippi, diving for lobsters in Guatemala, and backpacking in New Zealand just to mention a few.
In the mid ‘70s, SL8 joined some classmates in McCall. Here he had so many endeavors ranging from dressing as a penguin while selling balloons, working on the sewer system around the lake, tree topping, painting buildings in town, to starting a log furniture business. SL8 was not afraid of hard work and his imprint on McCall remains to this day. He worked in the Chamberlain Basin for a couple years, then joined the McCall firefighters in ’76 and became a smokejumper. He was the prized player on the smokejumper volleyball team.
SL8 started in real estate in the late ‘80s and was a top realtor in Boise for 25 years until his recent retirement. He enjoyed collecting records, going to hot springs, traveling with his wife to Canada and Mexico and everywhere in between, spending summers in McCall with his grandkids. His final adventure was building a dream home with his wife on the Payette River using things they had collected together across the country.
His pride and joy in life were his grandchildren. Most importantly, in the last year, he found joy in putting God first, reading his bible, morning devotionals and going to church. He looked forward to starting his forever life in heaven.
Jim led a full life and made many friends along the way who will greatly miss him.
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