James J. Holtom, son of David and Reyne Holtom of Rexburg, was killed in action in Iraq on Thursday, February 8. He was the oldest of eight children. Jim was born in Waupaca, Wis., in January of 1985. The family moved to Woonsocket, S.D., in 1990, where his dad managed the local farmer's cooperative.
The family moved to Idaho in 1995 where they live today. Jim was a sophomore at Boise State University studying engineering.
He joined the Army Reserves in 2003, where he attained the rank of sergeant at the age of 21.
He was a member of the 321 Combat Engineer Battalion, Company A out of Boise.
He was deployed to Iraq in September 2006. Jim was killed while conducting a rescue mission for other fallen soldiers.
Jim was a happy, bright, determined and confident young man.
He was expecting to be married this fall to a lovely and wonderful young lady from Nampa named Melissa and start a family in a beautiful little two bedroom house he bought for her before he left.
Jim loved his family, his friends, his country and most of all, his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jim is survived by his parents, David and Reyne of Rexburg, his brothers Ben (Nampa), Lee, Jacob, Calvin, John, and his sisters Anna and Laura Beth still living at home.
Paternal grandparents are Jim and Donna Holtom of Farmington, N.M. Maternal grandparents Larry and Millie Jandrin of Kewaunee, Wis. He had many other cousins, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services are under the direction of Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home in Meridian with services to be held at Treasure Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. Jim will be buried at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
Flowers may be sent, and a memorial fund has been established in Jim's name at Westmark Credit Union.
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Feb. 22, 2007