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On October 28, 2009, James "Jim" Allen Richardson, 78 of Richfield, Idaho, began his final adventure of a lifetime filled with great adventures. Jim was born in Sierraville, CA on Sept. 19, 1931 to William and Zelda Richardson.

Jim attended and graduated High School in Oroville, CA in 1950. He entered the Navy in Dec. 1950 and served four years on a Navy Destroyer during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1954. He loved traveling the world in the Navy and had many great stories to tell.

Jim, who was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion in high school, tried out for the Chico State University Boxing Team, where he was accepted and attended college on a boxing scholarship. Jim graduated Chico State University in 1959 with an A- Bachelors degree in Mathematics. After college, Jim worked at the United States Naval air weapons station in China Lake, CA as an electronics engineer. while their, he was published and won several awards.

He met and married Billie Jean Tillotson of Oroville in 1962, and from China Lake they moved to The Black Gem ranch in Oregon where they raised Angus cattle, crops and kids! Jim also taught advanced Mathematics and Calculus at Chemeketa College in Salem, Oregon. Jim and family later moved to Carson City, NV where he worked for the State as a disaster training and radiation specialist.

Jim was an avid and successful hunter, fisherman and gold miner and traveled the west on many a great adventure. He was a lifetime member of the Angus Cattle Association, the NRA and the Gold Miners of America. After retirement, Jim returned to ranching and raised Angus Cattle and AQHA Horses in both Nevada and Idaho with his daughter Rebecca and family. Jim took great joy in his grandchildren and spent countless hours attending football, volleyball, & basketball games, watching his grandchildren play.

Jim is survived by his sister, Diane Murphy of Galesburg, Ohio; his four children, Yvonne Saunders and Jeanette Wood of Carson City, NV, Mark Richardson of Eugene, OR, and Rebecca Wood of Richfield, Idaho. Jim is also survived by his 22 grandkids; 27 great- grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.

The family invites all who may wish to attend to join us in a memory of Jim's life at the gymnasium of the LDS Church in Richfield, Idaho, on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jim's name to the Richfield High School Athletic Dept. for an athletic scholarship, Richfield High School, 555 Tiger Drive, Richfield, Idaho 83349. Arrangements are under the care of Farnsworth Mortuary of Jerome.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 3, 2009
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