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James Scott “Jim” Sleight ( McCall 1977 )

posted: Apr 2, 2022

Jim died March 26, 2022. He was born June 4, 1952, in Southern California. He grew up and attended junior college, then continued his education at U of Idaho. He had many adventures in his life including hitchhiking across the country with friends to music festivals, hopping boxcars, shipbuilding in Mississippi, diving for lobsters in Guatemala, and backpacking in New Zealand just to mention a few.

In the mid ’70s, Jim joined some classmates in McCall. He had so many endeavors ranging from dressing as a penguin while selling balloons, working on the sewer system around the lake, tree topping, painting buildings in town, to starting a log furniture business. He was not afraid of hard work and his imprint on McCall remains to this day. Jim worked in the Chamberlain Basin for a couple years, then joined the McCall firefighters in ’76 and became a smokejumper in 1977. He was the prized player on the smokejumper volleyball team.

Jim started in real estate in the late ’80s and was a top realtor in Boise for 25 years until his recent retirement. He enjoyed collecting records, going to hot springs, traveling with his wife to Canada and Mexico and everywhere in between, spending summers in McCall with his grandkids. His final adventure was building a dream home with his wife on the Payette River using things they had collected across the country.

Jim jumped at McCall 1977-80