October 23, 1931 – May 23, 2019
James William “Jim” Keith, 87, passed away May 23, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Jerome, Idaho. He was born October 23, 1931 in Jerome to William and Mary (Hite) Keith. Jim graduated from Jerome High School in 1950.
In 1954, Jim married Barbara Thaemert at Twin Falls, Idaho. He was drafted into the Army in 1954 and served until 1956. He and Barbara spent his two-year tour in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Jim was the Manager for Safeway grocery stores in Weiser, Mountain Home, then back to Jerome in 1969 until his retirement. In 1997, he helped Ed and Sharon Peterson bring life to the 93 Golf Ranch. He enjoyed playing golf with all his old golfing buddies on the great course it has become. He also enjoyed bowling for many years, as well as traveling. He and Barbara traveled all the US and Canada and went on several cruises. Jim and Barbara celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary February 5, 2019 with their two sons and many great friends in Wellton, Arizona. This was their 29th winter in Arizona.
Jim was a member of the Lutheran faith. He belonged to the Elks Club, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and the local School Board.
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Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara; his two sons, Steven of FWB, Florida, and Mark of Twin Falls, Idaho; two grandchildren, Shawna of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Brian of Twin Falls, Idaho; and four great grandchildren, Kenady, Brityn, Austin, and Owen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; two sisters; and daughter-in-law, Julie.
A Gathering for Family and Friends will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Snake River Elks Lodge- 93 Golf Ranch, 406 E 200 S, Jerome, Idaho.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Irwin, Lori, and all the caring nurses and staff at St. Luke’s Jerome, for the few days he was there.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Jim’s memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.