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James Frederick "Jim" Kutzer


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James Frederick "Jim" Kutzer Obituary

On July 25, 2017, James Frederick "Jim" Kutzer passed away at Twin Oaks Post-Acute Rehab in Chico, California, from complications discovered after an automobile accident on February 13, 2017.

Jim was born on Christmas Day 1936, in Yreka, to Karl H. and Nita Evans Kutzer. He was the second of three children all of whom shared their childhood growing up on the family ranch on the Klamath River. It was on the Klamath and surrounding mountains that he developed his lifelong passion for hunting, fishing, trapping and his great love of the outdoors.

Jim graduated from Yreka High School in 1955, where he excelled in sports, especially baseball. In his early years Jim worked in the woods as a timber faller, Pacific Power & Light and Mt. Shasta Milling Company. From the mid 50's through the early 70's Jim was involved in many sporting activities in Siskiyou County. He played baseball for the Yreka Indians semi-pro team, and the Yreka Fast Pitch Softball League where he was known to hit a few home runs over the right field fence at the City Park.

He coached many championship Little League Baseball teams, All Star teams, and Babe Ruth Leagues in Yreka. He was instrumental in bringing Pop Warner Football to Yreka and was the team's first president. He was involved in modernizing the Miner Stadium and a founding member of the "Miner Power" booster's organization.

In 1965, Jim became an Insurance Agent for Cal-Western Life Insurance Company. He then established an Independent Agency in Yreka, later in Yuba City and Sacramento. In 1976,
he met and married Mary Koch and they eventually teamed up as a General Agency and Insurance Brokerage. He worked in the industry for over 45 years. He was a past member of the Yuba City Rotary Club.

In 1980, they purchased a cabin at Bucks Lake spending a lot of time in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Jim was known as the "Paul Bunyan" of Plumas County, falling many trees for fellow cabin owners and friends. He cut massive amounts of firewood for any one in need. He was also a member of the Bucks Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Jim took many hunting and fishing trips to Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Colorado, Mexico and Argentina. He was an avid big game hunter and a bird hunter with his dogs Max, Wiley and Kida. He was a skilled marksman and one of the best trap and skeet shooters around. He enjoyed beating the younger shooters who just couldn't believe that the "Old Man" could always beat them.

Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Kutzer; sister, Jeannette Carroll (Harvey); brother, Alan Kutzer (Dee); daughter, Renee; sons, Jimmy (Kathy) and Jeff (Tanya); six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Per his request, no services will be held. Donations may be sent in his name to Bucks Lake Fire Dept, PO Box 1584, Quincy, CA 95971 or a .

"Keep your powder dry at your hunting grounds in the sky. We miss you Zeke"
Published in Appeal Democrat on Aug. 9, 2017
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