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Jim Vergil Hogg
Birth: Oct. 14, 1956
Tacoma
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 2012
Chihuahua, Mexico

Jim was the 4th child of James (Jim) Earl Hogg and Doris Bowman and the grandson of Vergil Cecil Hogg and Irene Margaret Kolp. He was the husband of Eileen Vivian Martin and the father of Jim, Joaquin, and Frances Hogg.

He had an inquiring mind, slightly higher pitched voice, loved to travel, and lived for many years in small Tarahumara villages in Mexico including Samachique near Guachochi and Rodeo (in Copper Canyon) near Batopilas, both in the State of Chihuahua. He went by the name of Jaime Kochi in Mexico. Death date is approximate.
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Obit for The Seattle Times, Not published because there was no death certificate
Jim V. Hogg, born October 14, 1956 to Doris Bowman Hogg and Jim E. Hogg in Tacoma WA, and reportedly lost his life in Mexico on April 22, 2012.

Survived by his wife Eileen V. Hogg, children Jim, Joaquin and Frances, his parents, and sisters Sandy Sanders (Joe), Debbie Swanson (Terry), and Marla Banks. Jim earned a BS in Agriculture from Washington State University in 1986. He worked as a self-employed home contractor.

Jim's passion was to live among the Tarahumara native and local Mexican people in in Chihuahua, Mexico since his first trip to Copper Canyon in 1991. He used his construction, engineering and agriculture knowledge to help the communities there on projects such as clean water and irrigation systems, housing, sanitation, and agricultural production. He was known in his adopted community as Jaime Kochi and was fluent in both Tarahumara and Spanish.

A memorial service will be held at Seattle First Baptist Church on January 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm.
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Bio compiled by Sami Hoag and Eileen Hogg
Jim Vergil Hogg
Born in Tacoma WA October 14, 1956 to Doris Bowman Hogg and Jim Earl Hogg, Jim was the youngest of four siblings and the only one not born in a military base hospital. In 1963 the Hoggs moved from Tacoma to a 10-acre dairy farm in Rosedale, WA. Jim attended Artondale Elementary School. He grew up milking dairy cows, tending young Hereford and dairy cattle, splitting wood for the woodstove, weeding the garden and picking strawberries in the summer. For a few months he and his sister Debbie independently took over the dairy cow milking to earn money. After Jim E. and Doris divorced in November 1969, Jim lived with his mother in Arletta, WA.

He attended Goodman Junior High. Jim moved with Doris in January 1971 first to Petersburg, AK and then to Wasilla, AK in May that same year. Doris bought a small lodge located on an island in Big Lake (15 miles northwest of Wasilla) which served as a café, bar and motel for fishing and hunting guests. Jim helped to run the lodge while attending Wasilla High School. He attended high school mid-way through his junior year. From 1973-76, Jim worked at various jobs in Alaska, including as a logger, construction worker and as a photographer for a newspaper. His sister Marla in Anchorage was his first passenger after earning his bush pilot license. The media images coming from Vietnam and the student protests around the nation made a deep impression and helped form Jim's opinions of the military, the potential for governmental abuse of power and the need social justice for oppressed people.

Jim moved back to Washington in 1976 and lived with his sister Sandy and her husband Bill for 5 months. Jim took art and math classes at the University of Washington. Later, he moved to Mt. Vernon, and lived with his sister Debbie and her husband Terry for 9 months. Jim attended Skagit Valley Community College and took classes in ceramics and art. From 1977-1984 Jim worked at many jobs including at a lumber store, plant nursery and in construction. He lived in various places including on communes and once in a geodesic dome structure he built in Skagit County. Jim loved working in ceramics, pastels and watercolor. Friends, art and politics were his passions. His largest public art work was a large ceramic mural in the Anchorage Post Office. Jim started making trips to Guatemala and El Salvador to see what was going on politically. He protested the US government's role in El Salvador by giving speeches, participating in marches and other actions. Jim attended University Baptist Church in Seattle and worked to protect Guatemalan political refugees sheltered there.

Jim and Eileen Martin met at a University of Washington campus talk that Jim gave regarding El Salvador politics in 1983. Jim was taking pre-engineering classes at UW.
On June 9, 1984, the couple was married at Assumption Catholic Church. The reception was held at the University Baptist Church. The couple moved to Pullman WA where they lived until 1988. Jim earned his BS in Agriculture from Washington State University in 1986. Eileen completed her BS in Nutrition and Biology with a Secondary Teaching Certificate.

Jim and Eileen went to Guatemala for 3 summers to work on WSU Professor Bill Willard's research project which was to develop a bean that required less fuel to cook. Jim and Eileen moved to Seattle in 1988 where Jim worked in finish carpentry and construction and Eileen worked as a dietician at Virginia Mason Hospital.

Jim and Eileen made their first trip to Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico in 1991. Jim was immediately captivated by the Tarahumara (Raramuri) native culture. He was moved by learning of the mass deforestation of their Sierra Madre Mountain lands by illegal logging operations and corrupt government dealings. Jim made repeated trips to Copper Canyon and worked to bring potable water to a school and hospital. Jim became fluent in both Spanish and Tarahumara languages. After the birth of son Jim Hogg in 1993, the couple went to live in the town of Samichique Mexico to live off and on there for 18 months in a home they bought. Son Joaquin was born in 1998 and daughter Frances was born in 2001. Jim enjoyed doing activities at home with the family such as remodeling the house, studying insects, growing salamanders and frogs, entertaining friends, and going camping at the ocean.

Jim's thoughts were constantly pre-occupied with plans that would benefit the local Mexican people including irrigation, repairing water systems and a saw mill, crop rotation or cash crop alternatives, hygiene and nutrition practices, home building, sanitation and eventually ideas about bringing in solar and wind power. His visits to Mexico grew longer and more frequent. He got involved with local politics and met with Rotary International members there. He had his own farming plot where he grew chili peppers. Jim was known by his adopted community as "Jaime Kochi". Jim's outspoken ways and preference for direct action gained him friends and enemies in his Batopilas community. Jim gave away any money he earned to his neighbors who needed surgery or start-up money for farming or to start a store. He died with no other possessions than a shirt and hat.

The circumstances surrounding Jim's death are not fully known. We believe that Jim had joined the local area self-protection militia that was formed to protect the residences against the violence from drug gangs operating in the area. Jim is reported to have been killed on April 22, 2012 along with other Batopilas area residents who engaged in a conflict with cartel enforcer groups.
Go in peace Jim. We will miss you. 
 
Burial:
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Assumed buried in unnamed grave in Chihuahua or Sinoloa
 
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Record added: Nov 23, 2013
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