|Birth: ||Mar. 26, 1947|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 2011|
James Earl Adams, Jim, was born March 26, 1947, in St. Anthony, Idaho. He died March 12, 2011, at his home in Salmon, Idaho, with his family by his side.
Jim always thought obits would be more interesting if they said what the person died from, so in accordance with his wishes, Jim died from lung cancer. He was on average a pack-a-day smoker from when he was 15 until one month before he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. That was six months ago.
Jim grew up in big family with eight kids and lived most of his life around the Pocatello area. Jim's dad, Claude Adams, worked for the railroad and eventually Jim would go to work for the UP as well. Jim's mother, Bernice (McKenna) Adams, raised the kids, which had to have been one heck of job, knowing Jim and his siblings.
Jim was a man of many trades and he did most everything well, but he was not much of a carpenter. No matter how many times he cut that board, it was still too short. For a large part of Jim's life he worked around the Pocatello area. He had jobs with Lamb-Weston and the Union Pacific for many years.
Jim also loved motorcycles and worked in a Harley shop after his day job and on weekends. He had his own Harley and spent a week at an event called "Sturgis" before it became the yuppie event it is now. A couple of years later he worked in a Yamaha shop working on "ricers." After Jim moved to Salmon in the late 1980s, he worked for the Forest Service on the road crew. He finally starved out of Salmon in the early 1990s, and went to Nevada for the gold rush and worked construction and core drilling. Life was good in Nevada until the gold prices dived, so Jim followed his wife back to southern, Idaho in the late '90s, where he worked as a haul truck driver and then a grain elevator operator until he retired in 2008.
After retiring, he moved back to Salmon with his wife, Annette, and devoted his time to caring for their little farm of Morgan horses and bulldogs. Jim loved his dogs and spoiled them rotten. The horses were mainly for Annette, but Jim was a darn good stable boy. He didn't care to ride, but he went on a few rides just to please Annette. At the end of the ride he always wondered how the cowboys kept from being emasculated. His love for the horses was better expressed from the feed bucket.
Jim was married four times. He married his first wife, Margaret Emery, in the 1960s, his second wife, Barbara Valdez, in the 1970s, and his third and fourth wife, Annette McFarland in the 1980s and then again in 2009. When Jim was married to Margaret he adopted his son, Ron Adams, in 1969. While Jim was married to Barb, he had his daughter, Sarah in 1979. While he was married to Annette he helped to bring into this world six litters of bouncing bulldog babies and seven Morgan foals.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Bernice Adams, and his brother, Wayne Adams. He is survived by his wife, Annette McFarland; his son, Ron Adams; his daughter, Sarah (Jeremiah) Jackson; his grandchildren, Angel, Jason, Jordan, and Alissa; his brothers, Lynne and Richard; and his sisters, Ann, Barbara, Marci, and Sheri.
Memorial services will be held on June 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Carmen Hall, in Salmon, Idaho.
Claude Edward Adams (1915 - 1980)
Bernice Adams (1920 - 2002)
Joyce LaRee Adams (1939 - 1948)**
James Adams (1947 - 2011)
Created by: Annie
Record added: Mar 15, 2011
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Added: Apr. 3, 2011