Jim F. Blunt, passed away on Sun. Sept. 22, 2019 in Portland, Oregon with his wife Donna and daughters Dezi and Sandra by his side. He died from complications following his second cancer surgery in June 2019.
Jim was born on Sept. 5, 1944 in Susanville, California to Lois Boling Blunt and Fred Arthur Blunt who divorced when he was two. Jim spent his younger years in Chico, California with his mother and spent his summers in Brookings with his father and stepmother May Blunt. He moved to Brookings permanently when he was 14 and began learning the logging industry with his dad while attending high school. At 16 he began working on a purse seiner in Alaska during the summer, which was the beginning of many years on the ocean.
He married Marvella Murphy of Brookings and during their five years together they had two daughters, Debbie and Dezi. After moving to Springfield he met and married Donna Prociw of Springfield. Six weeks after their marriage he was drafted by the US Army and served his country in Vietnam. Upon his return home he began a drywall business in Brookings and daughter Sandra joined the family. One of his greatest joys during this time was serving as a coach for Pop Warner Football. He eventually returned to commercial fishing and in 1980 he and Donna bought the 75’ F/V Ambition and in 1990 the 92’ F/V Euroclydon, fishing both vessels from California and Washington. At one time fishing took them to Washington for 13 years, where Jim became involved in the politics of the fishing industry, serving as President of the Washington Drag Fishermen’s Association. He also testified for the industry before the House Committee and handled negotiations with Fishermen’s Marketing Association before returning to Brookings in 1995 when his father Fred died. Jim retired from fishing and took on the business of ranching which he enjoyed until his death.
Jim still enjoyed taking his sport boat out with his friends to catch fresh fish or crab. He loved riding his horse on the ranch with his dogs and having friends come out to help feed cows or to help with round-ups. It wasn’t uncommon to see him driving around town with his two border collies in the back of his truck. He was a strong sports enthusiast loving football, baseball and basketball and any other sport if those three weren’t available. He was well loved in the recovery community and was always available to anyone who needed help. He had an innate wisdom that seemed to resonate with many people. Jim spent the last few years reading spiritual literature and opening his heart to a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father. He will be missed by many.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry Hornbeck of Santa Rosa, California.
He is survived by his wife Donna, passing only four days before their 50th Anniversary. Also surviving are his daughters, Debbie Powell (Mike) of Brookings, Oregon, Dezi Hunt (Charlie) of Springfield, Oregon and Sandra Robinson of Fargo, North Dakota, 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces and numerous cousins.
A memorial service will be held Sat., Oct. 12 at 11 am at the Church of the Nazarene in Brookings with a potluck following immediately afterward. Please feel free to bring a dish along with a memory to share.