James Baltzor

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James A. Baltzor
June 18, 1934 - January 3, 2016
James A. "Jim", "Popi" Baltzor of Athena, Oregon, was born June 18, 1934 in Wilder, Idaho, to Frank and Mary Carter Baltzor. He passed away January 3, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family, at the age of 81. A recitation of the Rosary will be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Jordan Valley, Oregon, on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm, Viewing will be from 5:00-7:00 PM at the church. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016, at St. Bernard's at 11:00 am. Services are under the care of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. The family will hold a Celebration of Life in Athena at a later date.
He and younger brother, Allen, were raised on Thomas Creek and Cow Creek, near Jordan Valley. He rode his horse every day to the one room Cow Creek Elementary School and graduated high school in Jordan Valley, 1952.
In 1953 he joined and served in the US. Army, being stationed at Fort Ord, CA. Near the end of the Korean War. He served two years and was Honorably Discharged in 1955 as a Corporal. Jim returned to Jordan Valley and married the love of his life, Arlene B. Eiguren, on December 11, 1955. Jim and Arlene raised their three children on the family ranch at Cow Creek. Jim was a cattle brand inspector, a member of the Jordan Valley Rodeo Committee, School Board Member, an Elk's member and a charter member of the Lion's Club.
After Jim and Arlene officially retired they sold their home and traveled the country, making friends everywhere they went. In 2007, they bought a new home in Athena and have lived there since. Jim never knew a stranger and could tell stories for hours that would keep everyone entertained. He was a kind soul, who would help out anyone in need and was known as a man that could be depended on in any situation. Jim loved spending time with his family, especially while hunting with his sons, son-in-law, grandchildren and friends.
Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Arlene; sisters-in-law Virginia Baltzor, Francis Harvey and Kay (Glenn) Grenke; step-sister Sharon Davis; children Jaime (Con) Shea, Keith (Katie) Baltzor and Rick (Chelle) Baltzor; grandchildren Melissa (Shane) Weston, Keri (Jordan) Standley, Kristin Shea, Sarah, Clint (Heather), Zane, and Travis Baltzor; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends that he considered family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mary, step-mother, Naida, sister, Mary Kathleen and brother, Allen and brother-in-law, John Harvey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's memory at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Jordan Valley, OR, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Athena, OR, or any . Condolences may be given at www.Flahifffuneralchapel.com

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 7, 2016
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