James Francis Gillet, 70, left this life peacefully Wednesday morning, Sept. 28, 2011, with his family by his side.
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Jim grew up in St. Paul, Minn., and spent his early adult life on the St. Paul police force. His passion for skiing and adventure frequently led him west to the Rocky Mountains. In retirement, Jim and his wife, Pam, settled in the mountain town of Bozeman.
Jim was a kind, patient, hard-working and spirited family man, and those who were fortunate enough to know him were all positively influenced by his unforgettable personality.
The legacy he leaves behind is too great for just a few words, but he will be greatly missed for his impromptu ski lessons, his thoughts on the world, his cooking, his attention to detail and the vigor at which he would tackle the next biggest project, whether it was a mountain to climb, a run to ski or a house project to complete. He will be forever remembered for his warm smile and his laugh, and especially for his big loving hugs.
Jim is survived by his wife, Pam; his son, Tim; his daughters, Danielle and Stephanie; and his grandsons, Henry and Bodhi.
A service for Jim will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the Bridger Bowl Deer Park Chalet in Bozeman. Friends, family and anyone wishing to celebrate a truly wonderful person's life are welcome.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 2, 2011