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James B. Stover ( McCall 1946 )

posted: May 24, 2004

Smokey made his last jump to go home to God and all his other Smokejumper buddies on May 20, 2004. Smokey was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather to all his children and to all his smokejumper sons.

Smokey was born James Bennett Stover on July 26, 1921 in Weiser Idaho. In his lifetime, he resided in Boise, Guam, New Guinea, Australia, Idaho City, and finally his beloved Waldport Oregon.

Smokey fought in World War II, and was a smokejumper foreman from 1946-1972. In that time span, he worked with many young men and enjoyed all of their antics. Smokey retired in 1972 from smokejumping and was able to pursue his love of fishing until his death in Waldport, Oregon.

Smokey was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and two brothers. Smokey leaves his wife Lois of 58 years, four daughters, (Cathy, Patti, Pam, Sherri) eight grandchildren, 6 ½ great grandchildren and his sister, Dorothy. Everyone will remember this wonderful man for his extreme patience, fairness, and sense of humor that is matched by none. His favorite enjoyment (besides fishing) was to enjoy his great grandchildren playing, and taking his daughters and grandchildren fishing and claming. He was the “recreation director”. He was the man who caught fish when there weren’t any.

Smokey will be missed, but he is with God and is watching over us.

The family requests in lieu of flowers make donations to the McCall Idaho Smokejumper Unit, PO Box 1026, McCall, ID 83638, to the Thrash children’s educational fund.

Smokey has requested that there be no services, just hold onto your favorite memories and think of him with a smile. Hoot!