Jim Maynard passed away May 3, 2018 due to complications of cancer. Jim was at home in Slate Creek with his niece Laree and sister Jeanie enjoying the beautiful spring flowers, birds, and animals.
Jim was born James Curtis Maynard Dec. 24, 1939 to Lowell and Grace (Painter) Maynard very near his current Slate Creek property. Growing up in Kamiah, Jim was known by his friends as Muns. He played football, basketball, and track. He loved the mile relay and went to state as the hopefuls to win and set a state record for the Kubs! He said they would have, but one of his teammates was cleated in lap one and ran his lap bleeding. The next three runners brought them back to 3rd. They never quit and that was Jim’s motto.
Jim graduated from Kamiah High School in 1958 and went to Renton, Wash. with his friend Don Beckman before entering the army where he served in Texas and South Carolina until 1963. He returned to Kamiah and became known as the best transmission mechanic in the area. While in Kamiah, he became very dear to many people, especially the Curbie Bull family. Jim had a natural desire to help people, especially his elder neighbors.
He later “retired” to the Onaway/Potlatch area and worked on cars and was caretaker for another elder friend, Glen Fairchild, for 10 years. Jim also worked in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska during the 1970’s and ‘80’s. During this time he purchased property in Slate Creek (next to his birthplace and death place) where he enjoyed quietly watching deer and listening to birds and katydids until his last days with us.
Jim loved his cats, the outdoors, camping, fishing, wildlife, car shows, and motorcycle rides. Jim did not want to let go of life because he so much enjoyed sharing life with friends and family. Jim went on motorcycle trips through western Montana and Arizona to Baja with his friend Dallon Fairchild and Yellowstone with Glen, Jeannie, and Kevin Wilkins. Jim appreciated going to classic car shows with his friend Dave Morgan and visiting with his neighbors and all of his buddies at Onaway. Jim was an avid follower of high school sports, especially his hometown Potlatch Loggers, his niece and nephew’s Grangeville Bulldogs and all the events his friends’ families were involved in. Everyone who met Jim noticed his quiet, selfless and giving nature. He was a very observant man and had soft spoken words and kind love for everyone he knew. He will be missed by all as everyone’s best friend.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell (Babe) and Grace, and both his brothers, Glenn and Lyle; niece, Crystal and her son, John; and brother-in-law, Glen Wilkins.
Jim is survived by his sister, Georgene (Jeanie) Wilkins; his sisters-in-law, Donna Maynard and Mary Ellen Sater; his nieces and nephews Terri and Tom Cummings, Alan and Mary Maynard, Neal and Kevin Wilkins, Steve and John Maynard, Shaun and Laree Bass; and their families, Sabrina and Ginger Nelson, Jared Maynard, Seth Wilkins, Zachary Maynard, and Kaleb and Kaleala Bass. Jim loved track and he lived a second life by traveling with Shaun and Laree to watch Kaleb and Kaleala during the last 12 years.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at Slate Creek on June 3 from 12-3 p.m. Please bring a potluck dish and fond stories of Jim as he is a friend to all. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Syringa Hospice Program in Grangeville.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.