James Allen Crawford 85, of Kooskia, passed away in his home on Feb. 26, 2019.
Jim was born Jan. 13, 1934 in America, Okla. to DeWitt and Minnie Crocker Crawford. His family moved to California, like many other families, during the Dustbowl era. The Crawford family picked cotton in the fields to make ends meet. With the population growth, Jim’s father built houses and Jim was right there by his side. He learned all aspects of building homes but he really enjoyed the wiring and electrician work. Little did he know his knowledge of electricity and building would shape his life.
While serving in the United States Marine Corp. Jim was a radio man during the Korean War. Following the war Jim came back to California and worked at a carbon plant and got his electrician license. It wasn’t long until Jim started his own electric company. After visiting with a good friend from Idaho Jim thought it would be a good place to live; that was 53 years ago.
He worked at the mill in Lewiston and transferred to the mill in Kamiah and had his own electrical business, Jim’s Electric. James went on to work for U.S. Fish and Game as a maintenance man at the Kooskia Fish Hatchery in the mid ’70s and eventually retired from there. He was an active member of the VFW and the community. Jim was loved by his vast family and the entire community. He will be greatly missed. We will hold a Celebration of Jim’s Life at a later date.
He is preceded in death by his parents Dewitt and Minnie Crawford, his brothers Hershel and Ernest, sister Joyce, sister Grethal and her husband Bud Jobe, brother-in-law Bill Himes, his wife Shirley Darlene Weddle in 1979, son Joseph Wayne Crawford, son James, Edward Crawford and daughter-in-law Lisa Crawford, step-son Jim Williams, and his wife Joyce in 2018.
He is survived by sister Aletha Montene Himes, daughter Jayme Watson and her husband Dale, step-son Tom Laws and his wife Kelly, Jim and Vicky Lycan, grandchildren Tonya Lycan Patterson and her husband David, Jennifer Huffman, Cheryl Lycan Hughes and her husband Greg, Matthew Bratcher and his wife Maggie, Casy Crawford Kozsalka, Jason Crawford, Brent Laws, Bradley Laws, Kelby Laws, 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, the Weddle clan and many, many friends.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Trenary Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at www.trenaryfuneralhome.com.