James "Jim" Robert Cox Jr., 56, of Island Park, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, from injuries sustained in a snow machine accident.
He was born Feb. 6, 1957, in Cortland, N.Y., to James and Stella Cox. He graduated from Valley Forge High School in 1975. He then attended the College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry at State University of New York. He also attended the University of Idaho in Moscow.
He went to work for the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation. While working there, he saw a bulletin asking for help in the Targhee National Forest. This led to a 32-year career as a forester and firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. He retired as a wildland firefighter from the Forest Service in December. He did not stay retired for long. He recently started working for Fremont County, grooming snowmobile trails.
His love for the outdoors started with hiking on the Appalachian Trail as a teenager. He loved the Rocky Mountains and Island Park was his home.
He loved fishing, hunting and playing pool. He enjoyed cooking. He was a fan of all the New York sports teams, excluding the Mets.
He loved his dogs and his family.
He is survived by his parents, James and Stella Cox of Fort Myers, Fla.; sisters, Stephanie Russell of Syracuse, N.Y., Natalie (Michael) Rudyk of Montville, Conn., Merrie Lynn Streeter of Lake Lucerne, N.Y., and Judie Marie (Daniel) McClimans of Homer, N.Y.; nieces and nephews, Grant and Hillarie Russell, Jenna, Kayla and Brianna Streeter, Rose Marie and James McClimans; and his dogs, Jesse and Swan.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held Thursday, Feb. 14, at Pond's Lodge with a potluck lunch starting at noon. All of Jim's friends are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation at www.wffoundation.org in memory of Jim.
Condolences may be sent online to www.baxterfh.com.