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Jimmie Walker

Jimmie Jones "Jim" Walker

Sunday, August 14th, 1932 - Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
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On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Jim Walker’s ticker ticked its last tock at the ripe old age of 87.

Jim was born August 1, 1932, in Casa Grande, Arizona to Willard and Jewel Walker. At the age of six, Jim, his younger sister Betty and his parents moved to Grass Valley, California where Jim adopted any abandoned or sick animals, made lifelong friends and would eventually graduate from high school. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State College after a brief stint in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married his high school sweetheart, JoAn, in 1953, and they raised their sons, Jimmie and Jerry, and daughter, Jeana. Jim, with his “can do” entrepreneurial spirit, started and built many successful companies; most notable were Walker Precast in Sacramento, California and Walker Sand and Gravel in Bellevue, Idaho.

Jim had a passion for animals that led him into ranching, quarter horse breeding and racing, mule packing, wagon trainIng, and hunting throughout his life. He loved sharing these pursuits with friends, family, and any drifter along the trail.

With his infectious laugh and positive attitude, Jim made lasting friendships everywhere he went. He was famous for his long-winded stories, his firm handshake, and his comedic one-liners. He was a father figure to more than his own children and was dearly loved by many.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Walker, and daughter, Jeana Kepner. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, JoAn; his sister Betty Monroe; his son Jim Walker (Kathy); his grandsons Brad (Anaya) Walker, Kyle Walker, and Chris Kepner; and his beloved great-grandsons, Torin and Anders Ole Walker.

All friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Jim’s life at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 30, 2020, at The Mint, 116 South Main Street, Hailey, Idaho 83333. Let’s send this old cowpoke off into the sunset with any thoughts or fond memories you would like to share.
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 5:00pm
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 5:00pm
    The Mint
    116 S. Main Street
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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    Family and friends are invited to a gathering in memory of Jim
  • Interment

    Bellevue Cemetery
    902 Chestnut Street
    BELLEVUE, ID 83313
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  • Reception

    The Mint
    116 S. Main Street
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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Denzel Rowland

Posted at 10:54am
Jim was a great man, I was honored to know the man.

Kathy Walker Posted at 04:11pm

Thanks Denzel. We appreciate the thoughts.

Teresa Marcroft Pratt

Posted at 04:21pm
Jim and his wife JoAn were so wonderful to my mother Billye..She was a single mother with 3 kids and she worked for them when we were growing up..I have many special memories of Jim..I got to ride one of his horses a beautiful palamino many times and when I tried out for the Rodeo Queen at the 4th of July Rodeo in Hailey, Jim let me use that beautiful palaminoino horse..I am so sorry for his families loss..he was sure a great many

Kathy Walker Posted at 04:10pm

Thanks Teresa. We remember Billy. She was a great help to Jim.

Mike, Jim and Randy Watson

Posted at 01:13pm
Jim was larger than life, that requires a large remembrance. Could have done this with one tree, that wouldn't be Jim at all, 10 for Walker's forest.
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Kathy Walker Posted at 04:10pm

Thanks Mike, Jim and Randy! What a nice remembrance. Jim and Kathy

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