Jim married Maryann CdeBaca on December 24, 1956. In July 1956, at the age of 18, Jim entered the Air Force as a communications electrician/mechanic. Jim found himself in Alaska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming on his tour. Jim and MaryAnn had three children Janice, Amarante (Gene) and Gary.
After serving four years in the Air Force, he resided in Redondo Beach, Calif., where he worked for Pacific Bell before transferring to Idaho in 1969 to work for Mountain Bell Telephone. . Jim was a data and ticker technician and retired as such. While working for Mountain Bell, Jim became a Bannock County Reservation Sheriff. He was honored and retired as a sergeant.
Jim married Shirley Hadley in 1990, Shirley spoiled him until his death in 2020. Jim enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and metal detecting with his family and friends. Jimmie and Shirley have come to find extended family in the bowling and trapshooting communities.
Jimmie had been with an abundance of beautiful people in his life. He indeed had a wonderful life. Maybe that’s why Christmas was her favorite holiday of all.
Jimmie is survived by his half-brother Virgil Cooley and his two sons, Amarante (Gene) Fitzgerald and Gary Fitzgerald. Jim has nine grandchildren Anthony, Tasha, Nicholas, Gary, Issac, Brandy, Amber, Kristina and Stephanie. Jim has 34 fabulous and great-great-grandchildren. Jim was predeceased by his mother, Nellie, father Hughey, two brothers Gene, Gary, sister Marcella, wife of 30 years, Shirley and daughter Janice.
Rest in peace, old man. We love you.
A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on February 27 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1350 Baldy Ave., Pocatello Idaho, 83201
Food will be served after the celebration. All guests are welcome to bring their favorite desserts.
For updates, schedules and to give memories and condolences, please visit www.wilksfuneralhome.com
Published by Idaho State Journal on February 20, 2022.