James (Jim) Roy Graban
1931 ~ 2013
James (Jim) Roy Graban died of natural causes at home in Boise on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the age of 81.
Jim was born to Eugene and Ann Graban in Hammond, Indiana on October 15, 1931. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict; was stationed primarily in Okinawa, Japan, and was honorably discharged after four years, at Mountain Home AFB. He married Virginia Moore in 1953, they have one daughter, and later divorced. He married Ann Deal on December 27, 1958 in Nampa, Idaho. They have a son, and four daughters. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1960 with a degree in Forestry and Fisheries. He worked for the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game, Boise Cascade Corporation, Arizona Dept. of Game and Fish, retiring from the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (Fisheries Biologist) in 1995.
Jim had a profound, contagious love for wildlife and the outdoors, in Idaho and throughout the world. He excelled in woodworking, loved hunting and fishing, photography, singing and dancing, storytelling, and took immense pride in celebrating and sharing his Hungarian heritage through language and cooking. He traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, and South Africa. He was an active member of Boise's Hungarian Language Group, a member of Sacred Heart Parish, and built sets for Boise Music Week productions for ten years. Above all these, he took the most joy from his family, spreading his passion and boundless knowledge to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren: indelibly enriching the lives of every heart he touched.
Jim is predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Ann Graban, and parents-in-law William and Hildegard Deal.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife Ann, sister Sylvia Hadlock; brother and sister-in-law Ken and Lisa Deal; daughter Kathy (Jeff) Jensen: Jennesis, Jesse (Amanda), Julie (Peter), and Chelsea; son Michael (Kathy) Graban: Ian and Tanner; daughter Mary (Randy) Pierce: Katie (George), Kylie, and Kelsie; daughter Cecelia (Kurt) Carlson: Cameron, Ryan, and Shelby; daughter Margaret (Ron) Carrico: Sarah (Nicholas) Carrico-Burgdorf, Ross (Kimberly) Carrico; daughter Joanne (Jim) Hintze: Bradley, Haley, Kayla, Michael, and Tyler; great-grandchildren Jacob McCain, Ethan and Audrey Carrico, Sydnie Pierce-Rodriguez, and Avarie Hintze, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends. He is sorely missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 811 S. Latah, Boise, ID 83705 at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013.
The family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Table Rock Dialysis for their compassion and care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Boise's MK Nature Center, the
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To share memories with the family please visit Jim's memorial webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com