Jimmie Max Desaro
1939 - 2015
Jimmie Max Desaro
1939 - 2015
Jimmie Max Desaro of Boise, Idaho died May 10, 2015 in Portland, Oregon at the VA Medical Center surrounded by his entire family. His death was the result of a brain hemorrhage, following major surgery in February to remove a meningioma tumor. He brought high spirits and a positive outlook to his three month struggle to recover. Several setbacks culminating in the brain hemorrhage were too serious to overcome.
Jimmie was born in 1939 in Parma, Idaho, the oldest of six children. Soon after graduating from Parma High School in 1957, he married the love of his life and best friend, Eleanor Zaldain. He joined the US Army is 1958, serving 3 years, including 2 years in Germany.
He was a hard worker, sometimes working three jobs to support his growing family. He worked at Triangle Dairy from 1963 to 1977. In April 1977, Jim and Ele bought the Golden Wheel Drive-In on Fairview Avenue and the entire family worked hard to make it the success it is to this day.
He loved to hunt and fish, especially fishing for bass and fishing for salmon in Riggins. He and Ele made many friends on the professional bass fishing circuit. There was never a bad day while fishing.
He liked playing his guitar and ukulele, singing Willie Nelson songs, and planting his garden. He was a master bar-b-quer and loved to cook a meal for the family.
He was a mentor, and had a nickname for everyone and everything.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Desaro; children, Jim Deno Desaro, Terri Desaro, Kimberly Hunter, Cheri Desaro, and Bink Desaro; sons and daughters-in-laws; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend and we were fortunate to have such a great man in our lives. He will be truly missed.
To all our family and friends, we are having a celebration of his life on Sunday, June 7th from 1:00 to 5:00. If needed, contact a family member for information.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Jimmie M. Desaro Foundation at Idaho Central Credit Union, 10990 Fairview Ave., Boise, ID 83713, for the purpose of supporting high school fishing teams.
Published by Idaho Press Tribune on May 31, 2015.
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Remembering a beautiful person. TyAnn Olson Drake
May 25, 2019
Jimmie and my father Olen Padgett were good fishing buddies. I know they are in heaven fishing for the "big one" that got away. I loved working at Golden Wheel and still go there when i can. Prayers to all the family. Louisa Padgett Duncan
June 22, 2017
So very sorry to hear about Jimmie's death. It is a loss to our neighborhood. Such a friendly man.

Thoughts and prayers with the family.
Deborah Hudson
June 7, 2015
Seems only yesterday when we lived next door. Prayers with all of you.
Gary Six
June 4, 2015
He was a wonderful man and I will not forget him.
Justin Cetas
June 4, 2015
I have known Jimmy along time, from delivering milk to my parents home to the present. It was an honor to be involved in his care.
Betty Foote
June 4, 2015
What a great guy!! The last time I saw him I offered to shake his hand, but he insisted on a hug and I'm glad I agreed. I'm proud to have known him. My heart aches for your loss.
Love, Judy
Judy Laing
June 3, 2015
Rest in peace Uncle Jim.
Julie Ehrenfelt (Desaro)
June 3, 2015
My Uncle Jim, truly amazing man i will miss him. thoughts love and prayers going out to all family. Love Lajuana
June 2, 2015
So sorry for such a loss, always remember him as such a nice guy and a lot of fun.
sandra prater Wakelam
June 2, 2015
So sorry to hear about Jimmie.
Our Love and Prayers are with you Elenore, and your family. May the Lord wrap His arms around you all and help you through this heartbreaking time . In the Name of His Son Jesus I pray. Amen
Jack & Peggy Prater
June 1, 2015
Jimmie will truly be missed in the bass fishing world. I looked up to him when I started back in 1997. RIP Jimmie, hope you are fishing with my dad up in heaven. My prayers go out to all his family.
Chris Adams
June 1, 2015
I worked for jimmy a few years he called me lynnieard the grinyard cause I never smiled. He was a good man and im sorry hes gone.To all of you im sorry for your loss.
lynn wheeler
June 1, 2015
I love you all and hold you close to my heart
Love,Aunt Shellie
Shellie Howard
June 1, 2015
My big brother,I will love and miss you
always. Your baby sister,Mouse (Shellie)
Shellie Howard
June 1, 2015
I have wonderful memories of visiting Idaho and Uncle Jim singing Wllie Nelson songs after cooking a delicious fish dinner. I will also always fondly remember that he gave me my first job (I only lasted a day!) at the drive-in. Making vanilla shakes was harder than I thought! I thought his RV was the coolest thing and loved when he took us for a ride.
I'm grateful that he and Aunt Ele came to NY and we were able to tour all around NYC together.
Uncle Jim - rest in peace. I know you're in heaven with my Dad.
My thoughts, prayers and love are with all of you.
Mary Giannone Leonard
June 1, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Jimmie was a great guy and wonderful boss when I worked at Golden Wheel. Praying for your family!
Lynn Peckham Deaton
June 1, 2015
I did not know Jimmie well, but we worked together on the Scales of Justice Tournament committee.
I knew him to be full of life, fun and humor.
I miss his smile and wit. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family. He was one of the good ones!
June 1, 2015
So enjoyed your Grandfather Mackensie. Hugs Nick and Janette Piva
June 1, 2015
RIP uncle Jim
Dena Desaro
June 1, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of Jimmie death. I have very fond memories of being with the family and spending quality time with all of you. My prayers and love go out to you. TyAnn (Olson) Drake
June 1, 2015
Jim, he was the John Wayne of Bass Fishing here in Idaho,I met Jim in an onion shed in Parma Idaho when the Snake River Bass Masters club was just getting started,Our family will miss him very much, Jim/Candie Ogstad
Jim Ogstad
June 1, 2015
RIP Jimmy, You'll be truly miss.
Mary ann (Sarceda) Griffin
May 31, 2015
So sorry to hear this Jimmie you will be missed...Juanita Sarceda and family
May 31, 2015
thou I remember him as a child growing up.my father would visit his father in Parma. Him and my brother Andy were great fisherman and are fishing together right now...he will be missed...Leo (MEL) Fernandez
May 31, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with your families
Sincerely, Judy Cornwell Lowe
May 31, 2015
So sorry for your loss .I remember Jimmy while growing up in Parma.he gave me my frist motorcycle ride from our aunt pearls house around Parma
wayne lewia
May 31, 2015
Please accept my sincerest condolences. May God and fond memories bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time
Ms Porter
May 31, 2015
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