The family moved to Placerville, Calif. in 1957 where he participated in baseball and track in grade school. At El Dorado High School, he was a member of F.F.A., played football one year, but basketball was his favorite. In his senior year in 1962, he was selected as a member of the second All Conference Basketball Team. While in high school, he worked picking pears or apples, pumped gas and washed cars and also worked at a bakery. He also spent time working on cars or fishing. After high school, he attended Humboldt State College studying in fisheries, and then went to work for the El Dorado National Forest as a Surveyor.
In 1964, he married high school friend Joyce Bisagno, together they raised two sons, Jack and Jim. In 1970, the U.S. Forest Service transferred Jim to Noxon. He became the first District Engineer at Noxon, which at that time was still part of the Kaniksu National Forest. For his next adventure he bought a logging truck, then a tie mill to make railroad ties and finally joined the Teamsters Union and drove water truck on road construction projects.
He loved to watch his boys play ball in school and fish and hunt with them. He was also excellent at tying flies and teaching his family the art. Friends were amazed at how he could catch two or three trout at a time depending on how many flies he had on the line. Jim loved to hunt deer, elk, grouse and pheasant. He loved to brag about the 6x6 bull elk he got in the late 1990s. Jim and friend Bill had no luck hunting elk that day and decided to shoot a grouse. As soon as they shot it, an elk jumped up from behind some brush and that’s how he got his 6x6 bull. He had it mounted and is displayed at Toby’s Tavern in Noxon. Jim always said he should have a grouse mounted and perch it on the horns because if not for that bird, he probably never would have a 6x6.
Jim is survived by his sons, Jack and Jim; grandchildren, Brandon, Jessica, Tricia and Taylor; his first great-granddaughter, Lilly Marie; and his ex, Joyce Bisagno.
We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Hospice House at Hummingbird Fields Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for their compassionate care in Jim’s final days.
At Jim’s request, no service is planned, his ashes will be scattered at a favorite fishing hole this summer.
While we’ll miss you, we know you are at peace and fishing in a new favorite place.