James Lee (Jimmy) Gortsema 59, died on December 3, 2005 of an apparent heart attack, outside of Grangeville.
He was born November 22, 1946 in Grangeville to John Gortsema and Shirley Hayhurst Gortsema. He attended schools in Grangeville and entered the army in 1966. He was honorably discharged in 1970.
While serving in the Army he married Dolly Smith. They later divorced in 1971.
He later married Carol Swedblom. Together they had a son Jason Lee Gortsema in 1977. They later divorced.
He met and fell and in love with Julie Harcourt and together they had a daughter Jennifer Lynn Gortsema in 1984.
Jim worked for McGregor Company for a short time. He went to work for Baker Truck Service where he has been a truck driver for the past 33 years. He spent the last six years with his companion and best friend Deanne Clark.
Jim was a member of the Camas Prairie Cruisers Car Club. He enjoyed showing off his 1956 Ford pickup and he was restoring a 1979 Ford pickup.
Jim is survived by his father John Gortsema of Grangeville, a sister Janet Gortsema of Bliss, Idaho, his beloved girlfriend Deanne Clark, his son Jason Gortsema and companion Jessica Dewey and their son/his grandson James Lee Gortsema of Grangeville, his daughter Jennifer Lynn Gortsema of Grangeville. Deanne’s children and grandchild which he thought of his own, Jeremy and Heather McCoy. Brenna and James of Lewiston, Jay and Jennifer Cutlip, Alex, Noah and Molly of Pullman,Washington, Shelly Clark and her companion Jared Andrews of Grangeville. Two step-brothers, Randy and Debbie Carrell and Dennis and Donna Carrell all of Boise.
He was preceded in death by his mother Shirley Gortsema Carrell.
Jim was deeply loved and will be extremely missed by all who cared for him.
Viewing hours will be Wednesday December 7, 2005 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. at the Blackmer Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday December 8, 2005 at 2:00pm, at the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery.