James "Jim" Whitecotton was born on March 2, 1936 in Hood River, Oregon and passed away on March 6, 2017 in Gresham, Oregon.
Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara "Bobbie" Whitecotton, his daughter Shannon Shinn of Estacada, Oregon, and his sister, Barbara Pounds of The Dalles, Oregon as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was born in Hood River and grew up near Hood River and Wamic. He spent most of his life living in the Wapinitia/Pine Grove area near Maupin. Jim was proud to have spent many years working as a logger in the timber industry, running heavy equipment and setting chokers - hard work, despite having had polio as a child that left him with a "bum leg". He also worked for the State Highway department, plowing snow and helping to keep the mountain pass open.
Jim met his future wife, Bobbie, in Maupin in the mid-1950's. She moved to Portland before he got the chance to ask her out, so after getting her address from her sister, he followed her, and lived in Portland and then Bend for several years. Jim and Bobbie were married in 1961 and eventually moved back to the Maupin area. They had a daughter, Shannon, whom Jim taught how to work hard, be thankful, and never give up on her dreams.
Jim retired to Dufur, Oregon where he enjoyed puttering in his shop, playing with his dogs, fishing, and taking road trips across Eastern Oregon with Bobbie. Jim was quick with a joke and a grin, and an eternal optimist, even when faced with difficult times. He could always find the sunshine behind the clouds.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 25, at 11:00 am at the Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles, Oregon.
Private interment at Kelly Cemetery in Maupin.
Donations can be made to Home At Last Humane Society in The Dalles.
Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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