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.