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James (Jim) W. Walton, 79, passed away early April 5th at hospice house after falling at his home on March 31't as he was getting into bed. Jim was born in Coeur d'Alene, ldaho, on January 17,!943, to Reed Walton and Helen Clack.
Dad met his wife, Alohae Borley, when they were in the same 2nd grade class at Roosevelt School. They started going together during the summer before their freshman year of high school and were married, almost 62 years ago, on August 10, 1960; he was her "honey bunny." He worked at Andy's Enco and Bill & Gar Texaco in the early years of their marriage. He then went to work for Larry Gardner at Gardner's Supply (auto parts). He later managed Jobbers Warehouse, then he went to Kellogg for two years and managed Gardner Supply. He came back and went into partnership with his dad, Reed, after buying Gardner Supply. After seven years, he and mom (Alohae) bought out his dad's portion of the business,then his mom & dad retired. Later, mom and dad bought property on 3'd Street which gave Walton Auto Supply a new home, then they retired in 1993. When East Side Fire District was being formed, he wanted to help them out, so he joined as a volunteer and ended up being the Fire Chief. Dad loved the fire district and he was proud of the fact he got so many state-of-the-art vehicles to replace the 6X6 military vehicles that were on loan from the Dept of Lands.
He enjoyed the annual Dorothy Borley Memorial Float down the CdA River until he couldn't do it any longer due to having nine strokes. Hewas a member of the Eagles 485, and he enjoyed watching Gonzaga basketball and the Seattle Seahawks. He loved fishing, hunting and his "girl dog Foxie," and most of all, he loved his family very much. Dod, we miss you so much, but we know you are out of pain now.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Alohae; sons Jamie and Phillip; sister Marjorie (Darrell) Storkson; sisters-in-law Carol (Randy) Diemert and Judi Woempner; grandsons Ryan Lanterman and Donald Cloud; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Deborah Anne.
We give special thanksto Butch Stoddard, Traci & Vic Parrish, Kathy Flint, Joyce Stephenson, East Side Fire District, and hospice. Jim always said he doesn't want a service, but he would like everyone to go out and buy their favorite fishing lure in his memory. ln lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of North ldaho.
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