July 28, 1949 – November 26, 2017
Jim Strunk was born July 28, 1949, to Bettie and Laman Strunk. He spent his early years in Jerome, ID and graduated from Jerome High School. He was a proud member of the Laborers Union. He had a love for hunting arrowheads north of Bliss, the mountains and skiing. When his construction work waned in the wintertime, he headed for Grand Targhee. It was there he met his wife Patty. They established a home in Wendell, where they raised 3 children: O William (Bill), Lydia Bliss, and Anna Page. He built his home north of Wendell from logs he logged with his brothers and friends one summer outside of Stanley. He worked where opportunity called him: a gold mine in Alaska, numerous construction sites around southern Idaho, and for many years overseas in Hungary and Iraq as a Department of Defense contractor. He and his family were members of Living Waters Presbyterian Church. He retired from work in 2010 and proudly proclaimed himself to be ”my wife’s wife”, as he took joy in caring for home and property while she continued her career in nursing. He and Patty moved to the Sierra Foothills near Sacramento in 2011, a small acreage he named Queen Mother Farm. It was here he found joy in his special projects and daily chores, always followed by his dog, Peach, and chickens. He especially enjoyed time spent pondering in his Peace Garden, and watching the “Nature Show” at the farm. After his many trips overseas for work, he could only abide travel if it included time with his children and grandchildren. He bravely faced a diagnosis of cancer, made known his love for his family, and his peace with life and death. On November 26th he fulfilled his wish to die at home, surrounded by family. He will be remembered for his adventurous spirit, kindness to all, love of God, spirit of gratitude, unencumbered lifestyle, and the tenderness with which he led his family and rocked his babies. He is survived by his wife Patty, son Bill (wife Claire and children Jude and Greta), daughter Lydia Stuart (husband Rich and son J Davis), daughter Anna, mother Bettie, brothers D.A. and John, and sister Donna. A Celebration of Life is being planned for next summer near his home in Idaho.