Jim was the second son of Lewis Wayne Strickland and Maud Lee Manning. He had four older sisters; Jaynell, Joyce, Mart, Mink, an older brother Bud and younger brother Pete who have all
preceded him in death. Jim had to grow up early in his youth losing his father when Jim was 12-years-old. He and his older brother handled several hundred beef cattle, ran a dairy farm
and a family farm that needed planting and harvesting each season.
Jim graduated from high school in Wildwood, Florida where he played football and baseball. He attended college at the University of Florida in Gainesville and then transferred to Georgia Tech. While attending school in Georgia, he was prompted to serve an LDS mission and was called to serve in Northern California from 1958-60.
After serving his mission, Jim transferred to BYU where he finished his degree in Animal Science and Zoology with a Bachelors Degree in 1962. Jim was a yell leader for BYU athletics from 1962 to 63 and was involved in social units on campus. He stayed at BYU to do his Masters Degree in Animal Reproductive Physiology and met Elaine Morris.
They were married in the Salt Lake Temple October 5, 1966. Their first Child Todd was born two years later on May 1, 1968, He was followed by four younger sisters; Tosha, Tara, Telese and Talane. He has 14 grandkids and 2 great grand daughters. He loved his family and always planned vacations to see his family in Florida or in Utah where Elaine’s family resided. He can remember people from the past better than anyone and can call them by name when he hasn’t seen them for years. He was the connection to extended family on the Strickland and Manning genealogy lines and alway made a point to stay in contact with nieces and nephews to see how they and their families were doing. He loved his Florida family!
Jim made a career decision as he was writing and preparing his Master’s dissertation to do an internship with Purina in Burley, Idaho. When he went to the interview he met a friend who sold insurance and told him about the opportunities in that industry and the potential to support a family. He studied and passed his insurance license test and sold insurance for 21 years for
Mutual of New York. He was always one of the top salesman every year and Man of the Year for the company in 1979. He had many close associates and enjoyed rubbing shoulders with
men and women of integrity. Growing up on a farm he always loved horses. When he moved to Burley, Idaho he began to meet people in the horse industry and bought and sold horses as a hobby. On Sundays drives he would end up at the horse stables. He loved gardening and shared his love with his kids and loved to share his produce; he was a master gardener but would say he was a “master weed picker.” He loved fruit trees and fresh fruit and his children might say that they raked apricots all year round.
There were not many people he didn’t know and when he traveled or moved to a new city, there was always someone he knew or knew him. Jim always had something in common with
most people he met and made friends easily. He loved a good conversation, drowning worms and could spin a tall tale about his fishing trips.He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and will be dearly missed, his humor, his calm and his faith.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 5:00-7:00 pm, at Bowman Funeral Parlor located at 10254 W. Carlton Bay Garden City, Idaho 83714. A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11:00 am with a visitation held one hour prior to the service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 6650 N. Meridian Road Meridian, Idaho with a committal service to follow at Meridian Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.bowmanfuneral.com
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