James Francis Trivette (1942 - 2014)

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Longtime Juneau resident Jim Trivette passed away after illness on May 31, 2014. He was born to parents Herman Trivette & Patricia Trivette on October 28, 1942 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. When he was eleven, he moved to Juneau with the family, traveling across country by car then on an Alaska Steamship passenger ship from Seattle to Juneau. Jim started the 6th grade in Juneau schools and graduated from JDHS in 1961. From a young age, Jim was an avid fisherman, beginning at a lake on the grounds of an elementary school where fishing was done with a bamboo pole, string, bobber, sinkers, hook and fish eggs.

Upon arriving in Juneau, Jim took up stream fishing for trout and salmon all around the city with his brother and classmates. He was also very active in Boy Scouts, loved the out of doors and was selected to go to the Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, PA in the late 1950's. Jim was very athletic with baseball being his favorite sport. He played Little League then American Legion ball, and was an especially talented pitcher. Jim was a sharp dresser and a good dancer in high school. And did he ever love to have fun with his JDHS buddies. Last few weeks of school his senior year, a bunch of them got suspended for some infraction. So for their punishment, they spent the afternoon water skiing in the sun in front of JDHS [before Egan Drive was built].

From a young age, Jim had a great talent for things mechanical, especially cars and trucks. His skills were a great resource to family and friends for decades. Jim served in the US Army in California as a medical technician right after high school, and while in the service, began working part time for Mobil Oil Co. as a mechanic. Jim remained in California working for Mobil for almost 20 years, in various capacities, but much of the time was spent operating a regional training center to teach employees how to manage Mobil retail service stations on the west coast. But ever the avid fisherman and outdoorsman, he bought a truck, camper & ocean going boat and took the family camping and fishing in the mountains and in the coastal waters of CA. He was proficient in towing a large camper and heavy boat all around the freeways of Southern California. He had over 250,000 miles on the old Chevy truck before selling it here in Juneau.

In the mid-1980's Jim decided it was time to return home to Juneau, having been trained in electronics after an industrial accident. He worked for private office equipment firms selling and maintaining copiers & printers here in Juneau before switching into his last career, doing maintenance for the City/Borough of Juneau at Centennial Hall then at the Juneau Police Department. Throughout his work life, Jim's reputation was as an extremely dependable, hardworking employee and role model for younger employees.

Jim married his wife, Phyllis, in December 1990 and together they spent much time upgrading their house, housing Jim's kids and later Phyllis' mom before she had to be moved to a nursing home.

In retirement, Jim spent much time growing vegetables in his garden and specialized in cooking them for family meals, potlucks, etc. He was equally revered for his BBQ's and smoking various meats. He was active in keeping contact with his JDHS classmates, helped plan events [including a special reunion trip to Las Vegas in December 2013] and many luncheons here in Juneau. Jim followed various sports on TV most of his life which would become the topic of discussions during family meals.

Jim worked hard at being a good father, husband and brother. In recent years, Jim was active at the Eagle Wings Community Church here in Juneau, ensuring at all things mechanical were functioning in the building and especially the kitchen.

Jim is survived by his wife, Phyllis, daughters Jamie [Anchorage] and Jeanette [California], son Gary [California] and siblings Sue and Sam [Gayle] of Juneau. Cousins Garret Harwood [NY], Nancy Martin [NC] & Carolyn Bergam [CA] and families also survive. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his son James [CA].

The family and friends will cherish our memories of Jim who was a part of so many lives in California and Alaska.

A memorial service to celebrate Jim's life will be held Sunday, June 29, 2014, @ 2 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club. Friends that wish to share a "Jim story" will be welcome at the reception to follow. The family may be contacted through Jim's brother, Sam Trivette, at [email protected].
Published in The Juneau Empire on June 26, 2014