James Edward Diggins (Jim), a long-time resident of Grangeville, ID, passed from this earth on July 7, 2017 after 92 blessed years. He was born in 1925 to Thomas and Nellie Diggins.
Jim’s experiences and adventures included such diversities as sheepherding, mill work, forestry, woodland firefighting, heavy equipment operation, theater projectionist and union stewardship. During and after his 23-year career serving the public as an esteemed U.S. Forest Service employee, Jim’s passions included travel, hunting, fishing, and being in the woods.
Of all he did, however, the highlights of his life were his wife of 67 years Betty, his daughter Kathleen, his son Michael (Kath), his grandchildren Anthony, Thomas (Ashley), Grace and Michael, and his great-granddaughter Claire Grace. A devout husband, father and parishioner, he was single-mindedly determined to ensure the safety and well-being of his loved ones. He was well loved in life and in his community, and will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his brother Donald and his sister Irene, and his beloved Chihuahua Susie.
A viewing will be on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Blackmer Funeral Home. A rosary will take place at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church on Tuesday July 11, 2017 beginning at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 10:00 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Grangeville, ID. Burial will follow at the Prairie View Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com.