James Howard (Jim) Crockett, age 88, passed away peacefully December 29th at his home in Nampa.
Born in Haley, Tennessee, Jim enlisted in the Air Force right after high school. He was stationed in Mountain Home, Idaho when he met his wife Leona. When his enlistment ended he moved to Boise where he and Leona started their family and made their home. He was skilled as a mechanic and worked for many years at Starline Equipment Company, delivering and servicing fire trucks. Later he performed similar work independently and very much enjoyed friendships developed among members of fire departments throughout Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana.
Jim had a number of interests throughout life, including hot rod cars, hunting, fishing, motorcycles, boating, improving his home, and visiting family and friends. He worked hard to provide for his wife and his children and their educations, and in doing so instilled a strong work ethic in all of them.
Jim is survived by his wife of 64 years Leona, sons Gregg (and wife Robyn) and Glenn (and wife Jeannie), grandchildren Ashley (and husband Brad), Lindsey (and husband Josh), Courtney (and John), and Lucas, sisters Barbara and Joyce, brother Gary (and Sarah Worley), Jeannie’s daughter Brenda and granddaughter Madison, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kelli, mother Otha, sisters Margaret and Emma, and brother Dan.
A memorial service will be held, 2:00 pm, Tuesday January 25, 2022, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr., Garden City.
To watch the service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/670320387
To view Jim’s video tribute please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8QAb0sHzfE&list=PLtWJZSAK3_dNkpc0DGrZyhXgUIFTsKtSK
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to your fire department’s burnout fund, or to your other favorite charity.
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Pat Bishop saysJanuary 3, 2022 at 9:59 pm
My favorite fire truck mechanic! Will always remember Jim and his outstanding work ethic! If fire departments in the Magic Valley needed any type of repair to their trucks…..Jim Crocket was the one to call! Will really miss him!
Jeff Carnes saysJanuary 4, 2022 at 9:16 am
Jim was truly a one of a kind these days. I had the pleasure of knowing him for 45 years as he took care of our Firetrucks in SunValley. Always a pleasure to be with and a wonderful sense of humor and a great laugh. He also did an excellent job of keeping our trucks in tip top shape. He will be missed by this retired Fire Chief. My heart goes out to the family.
Justin Winkler saysJanuary 11, 2022 at 7:59 am
Jim was a great guy. Even when things were broken on our fire engines, he managed to make you smile. My favorite story of him was when we had a primmer leaking oil. We could not figure it out and called Jim. He showed up, looked at it, pulled a tooth pick out of his mouth and cleared the dirt and grime out of the vent hole in the tank cap. 30 seconds and problem solved. It was a good laugh. Rest in peace Jim. You will be missed.
Billy Thompson saysJanuary 20, 2022 at 5:41 pm
I met Jim in 1956 at Mtn Home AFB, he was a Staff Sergeant and I an Airman First Class.. We made friends immediately and made many trips to Boise to pickup the girls. My wife Sandy and Leona graduated from Boise High School together and we were married in September 57 and Jim & Leona in Nov that year, we were at each others wedding. I made a career in the Air Force and left Idaho in 1959. After we retired we visited Jim & Leona many times in Idaho and celebrated Boise Highs 50th Reunion together, was a wonderful visit. He will be in my heart and mind forever.