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This week’s obituaries – June 28

James (Jim) L. Blackburn passed away in his home surrounded by family in Kuna, Idaho on Saturday, June 17, 2017. He was 63 years old. He is survived by his wife Kathy, and two of his children, Rachel (David), Mike (Celeste), and three grandchildren, Charity, McKenzie, and Mitchel. He was preceded in death by his son, Tim Blackburn and parents, Jim and Della Blackburn.

Jim was born in Ontario, Oregon on July 7, 1953 as the fourth child of Jim and Della Blackburn. The family grew up in Willow Creek, Oregon farming the land and custom feeding cattle. Jim worked outdoors from an early age. At age 7 or 8 he started driving tractors and trailers. He never wanted to stop working and having fun on the farm. He would even . . .