10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

James (Jim) Tranquillo Ciotti July 9, 1949 - September 27, 2020

James (Jim) Tranquilo Ciotti passed peacefully on September 27, 2020. He was born on July 9, 1949 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania to Geraldine and Albert Ciotti. Jim grew up in Jeannette and graduated from Hempfield Area High School. He then attended Kent State University where he studied archeology. He spent time living in Ligonier, Pennsylvania and Eagle, Colorado before calling Boise, Idaho home.

He loved spending time with his family and being outdoors. As a fifth generation stonemason, he was skilled in restoring historic stonework and creating beautiful spaces and works of art with natural stone. One of his favorite pastimes was sitting outside listening to bluegrass music, John Prine or Bob Dylan. In the mornings, you could find him contemplating life’s mysteries and watching the sun come up over a cup of coffee. His life philosophy was to be the best person he could be and give kindness to all he met. To know Jim was to feel unconditional love and support wherever you were on your life’s journey.

He is survived by his daughters and their husbands Amanda and Steve Visosky of Boise, Idaho and Sarah and Tyler Exner of Malo, Washington. His brother Paul Ciotti of Los Angeles California (and family Holly, Benjamin, and Gabriel); sister, Alberta Riley of Gibraltar, Michigan (and family Albert Pallitta, Olivia Fitch and her children Kyle and Kelly). He is loved by many extended family members and friends around the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Geraldine Ciotti; his wife, Cheryl Ciotti, and brother in law, Brian Riley.

A memorial service will be held, 10:00 am, Thursday, October 1, 2020, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr., Garden City. To watch the service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/463907455

To view Jim’s video tribute please visit https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/8M345FB9TPWKDJ2L

A memorial service will be held, 10:00 am, Thursday, October 1, 2020, at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr., Garden City. To watch the service, please visit: https://vimeo.com/463907455

9:30-10:00 AM: Prelude Music - Jason Young, Backwood Ramblers

10:00AM: Opening Song - I'll Fly Away - Jason Young, Backwood Ramblers
Welcome: Chaplain Tom Cizmar
Invocation: Chaplain Tom Cizmar
Prayer: 23rd Psalm Chaplain Tom Cizmar
Song: Down to the River to Pray - Jason Young, Backwood Ramblers
Life Sketch
Speaker Paul Ciotti
Speaker Alberta Riley
Speaker Sarah Exner
Speaker Amanda Visosky
Final Blessing
Closing Song: When I Get to Heaven - John Prine
Postlude music - Jason Young, Backwood Ramblers



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    Peggy Trout says

    Sarah and Amanda,
    You have our deepest sympathies. Your dad loved you so much and the three of you were lucky to have each other for so many years. Cherish all the good times!
    We love you,
    Peggy, Doug, DJ and Samantha

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    April (Schauer) Todaro and David says

    Our sympathies to the Ciotti family. We had some good times on Stone Church Hill!

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      Ralph Franklin says

      My prayers for all that GOD will grant you the peace that only HE can give.

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    Michael Farrell says

    Amanda and Sarah,

    I’m sorry for the loss of your father. Take comfort in remembering the good times you had together. May peace be with you both.

    With sympathy,

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    Tambi & Daiva says

    Amanda and Sarah, please know that you are loved by many people and we are here to support you. We will always fondly remember Jim, and appreciate the time he spent with us whether ice fishing or watching steeler games, or giving thanks for a meal with the family. With our love and sympathy,
    The Katiebs

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    Karen (DeLuca) Fajt says

    You have our sympathy at the loss of you Dad. I was his first cousin and we lived next to each other growing up. I have wonderful memories of playing together daily and sharing fun times. He was my cousin but also a best friend. Although we have not seen each other over the years, I will treasure the thoughts of our great times together. Love, Karen

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    Gregg Clemens says

    Condolences, can’t find any other words

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    Carol A Rager says


    You have my deepest sympathy. Your Dad will be greatly missed by his friends in western PA. May we all keep his memory alive.

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    Bart says

    Hey guys having trouble with my phone sorry love u all gonna really miss yer dad and our chats after the Steeler games take care bart

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    Jen Visosky says

    Amanda & Sarah,
    The celebration of your Dad’s life was absolutely beautiful. I didn’t know him well but have a sense, now, how incredibly thoughtful, kind and spiritual he was and above all, how much he loved you both. Sending you so much love.
    Jen, Dan, Dylan & Izzy

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    Paul and joyce says

    Our condolences. The live streaming served as a great tribute to the life best cousin ever. Rest In Peace cousin Jim, your welcoming smile and eyes expressed a love of life and adventure that will be with us always!

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    Jennifer Lynn says

    Jim moved into the property across the street from me in Boise a few years ago. From the moment he arrived, our neighborhood improved because of his kindness, his easy-going character, his ability to make things beautiful and his smile. We regularly chatted about flowers, my t-shirts about strong women :), and the work we were each doing on our properties. He was fun and interested in everything going on. I am incredibly grateful to have known Jim for the short time I did. I am also grateful to Jim’s family for including me and my husband in the news about Jim’s illness and for the amazing way they cared for Jim. You all have been and will continue to be in our thoughts.

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    Sean says

    Sarah and family, my deepest condolences to you. Jim was such a kind and joyful man the times I was fortunate to spend with him, and his light shines on through you. You’re in my thoughts.

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