James T. Wolcott 1923 - 2017 James T. Wolcott born March 12, 1923 in Nampa to Joe and Jessie Wolcott, passed away February 7, 2017 at the age of 93. Jim grew up in Nampa and after graduating from Nampa High School in 1942, spent fourteen months doing U.S. construction work for Morrison-Knudsen in Honolulu. He enlisted in the Air Force in the fall of 1943 hoping to become a pilot. However, halfway through primary flight training, Jim and the Air Force decided he was not qualified as a pilot. He then became a flight engineer on C-54's with flights throughout Europe and North Africa. Jim met Thelma Stewart, the love of his life, in college and they were married December 23, 1948. He graduated from the College of Idaho in 1949 with a B.A. in Economics. Jim, with the help of Thelma's work at the Stanford University bookstore and the blessings of the GI Bill, received an MBA from Stanford University in 1951. Jim was hired again by M-K and worked out of Fresno, California on dam construction in the Kings River Canyon. He returned to Boise and was transferred to the H.K. Ferguson Company (a subsidiary of M-K) to work on atomic energy construction in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Transferring to Cleveland, Ohio he was promoted to Corporate Personnel Director where he served two terms as Chairman of the International Committee of the National Constructors Association. While he found his ten years at H.K. Ferguson work challenging, Jim's desire to hunt, fish, and hike led to a job as the Corporate Employee Relations Manager for Husky Oil in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He later transferred to Cody, Wyoming, where he spent 8 years and became Vice President, Administration and Human Resources, and was later transferred to Denver. Jim retired from Husky in 1983, and they moved to Nampa where his long-term interest in education was fulfilled by teaching as an adjunct lecturer in business at Boise State University and the College of Idaho. Thelma was finally able to relax after dealing with 19 house moves over Jim's career. He became Interim Dean of Business at the College of Idaho and Executive Assistant to the President of the College for 8 years. After retiring (for a second time) he did volunteer work at the College for several years, primarily for the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History. Jim enjoyed his long association with the College of Idaho as a student, alumni board member, employee, and volunteer. In retirement Jim and Thelma took cruises to Alaska, Mexico, and South America, some with their good friends, the Reedys from Tennessee. Their highlight was a cruise down the Rhine and a visit to Tammy and her family in the Netherlands in 1990. Jim enjoyed exploring Wyoming in his Bronco with his beloved Brittany Spaniel Bare. Some of his happiest days were spent duck hunting in Canada with his son Greg, as well as hiking and fishing in Wyoming with his daughter Tammy. In his later years, Jim enjoyed playing card games and took great delight in beating his children and grandchildren in Trivial Pursuit with his playing partner, Thelma. There was always great joy and contentment in this close, loving family. Jim's last months were spent at MorningStar Senior Living of Boise. The family would especially like to thank Executive Director, Janine Sawaya and everyone on staff there, especially caregivers Shauna and Emilia for the exceptional care and love they provided to Dad during his time there. Jim was predeceased by his loving wife Thelma, and is survived by his son Greg and daughter Tammy (Bruce Roberts), 4 grandchildren: Kylie (Marc Greidanus), Brad Wolcott (Raquel), Ian and Erin Roberts, and 4 great grandchildren: Ty, Zeke and Levi Greidanus, and Maria Wolcott, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held Monday, February 13th at 11:00 at Southside Boulevard Methodist Church, 5420 Southside Blvd, Nampa, Idaho (corner of Lewis Lane and Southside Boulevard), Pastor Phil Bence to officiate. Memorials may be made in his name to Southside Methodist Church or the College of Idaho.
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