‘Truck driving in his blood’ – Redheaded Blackbelt

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James Elmer Boyer, 1956-2021

Jim was born in Scotia on September 8, 1956, to James and Phyllis Boyer, and handed absent in Vian, Oklahoma on May 11, 2021, at the age of 64.

He expended the initially two yrs of his lifestyle in Swain’s Flat and moved to Rio Dell wherever he grew up attending Rio Dell Elementary and graduated from Fortuna Union Substantial School in 1975.

One particular of his initial employment, all through the summer of his junior 12 months, was fueling boats at Hulbert’s Marina at Ruth Lake and controlling the rattle snake population all over the marina and cafe/bar. He discovered how to water ski and consume beer. Soon after graduation, he went to perform for Brown logging in which he chased landing and figured out how to generate truck, which turned his life’s job and passion. He then took several careers driving lumber truck for a lot of distinct businesses all up and down the North Coast. He also hauled race horses during good year from monitor to observe. Jim seemed to have, “truck driving in his blood” and prided himself in educating many others how to generate. He was also a simple joker and liked, “getting one particular over” on his friends and relatives.

He very first married ahead of his 21st birthday and soon right after figured out that he was not prepared to settle down. The relationship lasted a lot less than a calendar year, but he and Louise remained close friends to this day.

His 2nd relationship manufactured him a family guy. He and Kathy lived in numerous sites all over Humboldt County, with their younger family, wherever Jim ongoing his career as a truck driver. He moved his relatives to Washington for a brief interval of time in the mid- 80’s and returned later to Southern Humboldt in which he was a lumber truck driver.

Right after a divorce, and quite a few years of getting a solitary gentleman, in the mid 90’s, he once again identified himself in Washington, with his foreseeable future wife. He married Shelley Dalton in August of 1999. It was in Washington that Jim drove truck for a significant gear operator/operator. Some of his most unforgettable positions had been secretly transporting the pontoons for the Oracle sailing vessel from Anacortes, Washington to San Diego California, wherever it was assembled to be raced. Another career entailed transporting the American Eagle race car or truck from Washington to Chicago and back again wherever it was on display for a Microsoft conference. He liked hauling grapes from the vineyards in Mendocino and Sonoma counties to quite a few of the nearby wineries. 1 of his previous work was driving a h2o truck, in the course of the summer months months, for the identical company his son functions for. It gave him excellent enjoyment to get the job done in the vicinity of his son James and was extremely proud of the completed truck driver he had also turn into.

Jim and Shelley arrived again to Fortuna to treatment for her growing older and ill mothers and fathers and upon their deaths moved to Vian, Oklahoma wherever they cared for her 100 calendar year aged grandfather until eventually his passing. Jim retired from truck driving because of to various overall health- similar problems and was settling into a comfy lifestyle when known as to his last vacation spot.

His young children and prolonged spouse and children are what designed him proudest. He under no circumstances unsuccessful to inform them he cherished them and wished them properly in all of their pursuits. Jim usually referred to as his spouse and children on birthdays, vacations and unique situations. He spoke to his son James and his brother Todd virtually everyday, from Oklahoma, and kept up on the community truck driving happenings.

Jim is survived by his wife Shelley and their mixed loved ones who include things like: Michelle Pogue (James) Caden, Kaylee, and Johnny Rae Angelle Stewart (Will ) Gavin, Kayle Jamie Foy (Jeremy) Matthew, Carissa and Mason Valarie Boyer, Brodi and Adison James Boyer (Kayla) Araya , Dakota Nathan Schoenle (Stacy) Callysta Jarrett, Sam Tiffany Jones (Glen) Max. Jim’s siblings Ruth Dekat(Larry) Monica and Philip Todd Boyer, (companion, Nadine Hartman) Charissa. He is also survived by good friends,especially the entire Willie Whitchurch spouse and children, coworkers and past bosses as well several to mention, but you know who you are. Jim was preceded in death by his mothers and fathers.

Jim’s brother Todd and sister Ruth will be hosting a North Coast Celebration of Lifetime for Jim on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at Ruth’s household: 2245 West School Road, Fortuna. For all those planning to go to, remember to appear ready to share a story or two of, “Driving with Jim!”