His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his final days after his stroke.
Jim was born to Lee and Donna Carney November 7, 1933 in Colby, Kansas. In 1936 his family moved to Twin Falls, Idaho where his parents had a lumber yard. He was very active in FFA and agriculture classes in High School and graduated in 1951.
He then went to Warner Pacific Bible College in Portland, Oregon. He married Norma Jane Porter July 18, 1952. They had five children: Steve, Roger, Curtis, Winnetta and Sean. In Twin Falls he ran a fleet of trucks hauling hay and later farm produce until 1962 when he moved to Western Washington and ran a boy’s home for King County Juvenile Court. In 1965 he moved his family to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. There he logged for Curt Nordstrom and Henry Sint with John Darlas being one of his sawyer partners. In 1969 he started framing and siding houses for Baker & Lovelyn and Bob Pilot, eventually working into his own company – Carney Construction. His extended family comprised his successful construction crews.
February 13, 1977 he married Beatrice (Bea) Neely bringing three more boys to the family; Kevin, Kurt and Kale.
Never giving up the farming and ranching of his youth, he started raising Galloway Cattle yielding to the pressure of his neighbor, Elmo Abbott. In 1993 the ranching took him up to Cusick, Washington where he lived the remainder of his life with his wife, raising horses and cattle.
Jim shared several interests with his children and extended family. They would compete side by side shooting skeet and trap on the shooting range, showing his cattle at the cattle shows, and competing on his cutting horses he raised. He also enjoyed water skiing, boating, hunting and fishing with his family at his side.
He is proceeded in death by his parents, Lee and Donna Carney and an infant brother. He is survived by his wife Bea, eight children; Steve (Jan), Roger (Julie), Curtis (Lana), Kevin (Shari), Kurt (Dolly), Kale (eLane), Winnetta (Well), Sean (Jani), 28 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
There will be a Memorial Service honoring Jim at True North Church, 10583 N Government Way, Hayden, Idaho at 2:00 pm, Friday, October 21, 2016.
A graveside service will be held at Plains Cemetery, Plains, Montana at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2016.
Our most heartfelt gratitude to our precious family and friends who were like extended family.