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Jim, 74, died January 15, 2000, of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was born May 17, 1925, to Ralph Sr. and Zella Jackson in Satanta, Kansas. He came to the Kooskia, Montana, area with his family in 1938 and married May M. Potter on Jan. 17, 1944, in Orofino. In March of 1944, they moved to Missoula, Montana, where he worked as a smokejumper for the Forest Service. He had nine training, four fire and one rescue jump in 1944 and four training and five fire jumps in 1945. He continued to jump the 1946-47 seasons. In September 1947, they moved to Kooskia where he worked as a logger until 1959. In 1960 they built and operated Jim's Cashway between Kamiah and Kooskia. In 1969 they moved to Weippe to farm and ranch in the Fraiser area. In 1975 they moved to Kooskia where they owned and operated the Ida-Lee Motel until 1993. In 1994 they developed the River Junction RV Park. He loved fishing, hunting, camping and his family and friends.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Jackson, James C. (Missoula 1944)" (2002). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1184.