It is with great sadness that we tell you that our beloved father, husband and friend, Jim Femrite, age 60, passed away on January 8th, 2012. Jim was a man of very few words, but made up for it with a very big heart. For those who were lucky enough to know him, he made a profound impact in his own quiet way. Although Jim was never one to carry on a long conversation with, you could always count on him to find a way to show he cared, either by a joke, one of his many nicknames for the people he was close to, or an unexpected call or gift left at your car when he'd been thinking of you. Seeing Jim with his son, Boone and his wife, Brenda, you could always feel his love and willingness to do anything for them without him speaking a word.
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Jim was born in Oakland, CA and moved to Medford Oregon when he was young. During the 7th grade, Jim's family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was in Cheyenne that Jim fostered a love of hunting big game, which continued throughout his lifetime. After graduating from Cheyenne Central High School, he came to college at Boise State University to study criminal justice and participate as a member of the rodeo team. He graduated from BSU in 1976 and got a job with the Sheriff's Office in the summer of 1977 as an Animal Control Officer. He was excited about the job because the schedule allowed him to continue to rodeo traveling around the countryside with his dear friend Craig Deveny. At his last rodeo in 1992 he secured 3rd place in the bare back riding at the Police and Fire Games at the age of 39.
Jim always wanted to set an example with the work that he did and was contentious about staying fit. At the Sheriff's office, the record for sit-ups was 1,100. Jim set a new record which still stands today at 2,511 sit-ups! He also had a passion for running and working out and competed in numerous triathlons, marathons and many races to Robie Creek. Jim stayed with the police department for 34 years in various positions.
In 1987, Jim was assigned to be an SRO at Kuna High School. In 1988, he spent his first summer full-time on the motorcycle protecting the foothills and liked the job so much that he spent the next 22 years at it, retiring in 2010.
On December 1st, 1985, Jim married Vicki Smock. They spent many happy years together and had their son, Boone, in 1989. Together, Jim, Vicki, and Boone loved to travel. They were lucky enough to visit places like Tahiti, Hawaii, and Alaska hunting and sightseeing. Some of their favorite trips were going to Africa on safari and taking Vicki's mom, Pat, to England to find the home of her ancestors.
Jim and Vicki could always be found out at the soccer fields watching Boone and they were known for never missing a game. Jim and Boone faced great sadness when Vicki passed away after a battle with breast cancer in 2003. In the years since she passed away, Jim and Boone always kept the memory of Vicki close by and Jim continued to raise their son into an amazing man.
Recently, Jim fell in love with Brenda Murdock who had worked for the Sheriff's office for 20 years and who had recently suffered the loss of her husband. Brenda was an incredible blessing for Jim and he and Brenda spent the last years of his life doing the things they loved together riding motorcycles, attending BSU football and basketball games, going on hunting excursions, cruises and many other activities. They were incredibly happy and made the very most out of their time together. With Brenda came three more kids, Tyler, Kelsi and Lindi Jo. Jim and Boone welcomed them into their family. Jim and Brenda were married last year and would have had their first anniversary on January 11th. Needless to say their time together was way too short. He will be missed by not only them, but by the rest of his family members and numerous friends and extended family.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, mother and wife Vicki. He is survived by his son, Boone, wife, Brenda and her son Tyler and daughters Kelsi and Lindi Jo and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Boise City Police Association Clubhouse at 7311 West Potomac Drive in Boise.
Donations may be made to Jim's memorial fund at any Idaho Central Credit Union.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 12, 2012