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Jim died from a heart attack on November 11, 1997 in Clearfield, Utah. He jumped at McCall during the 1953 season. In addition to his seven training jumps, he had 13 fire jumps that season.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Abate, James J. (McCall 1953)" (2002). Smokejumper Obituaries. 1297.