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1000 7th St
Clarkston, WA | 99403
509-758-2556
3521 7th Street
Lewiston, ID | 83501
208-743-9464
James Jeffords

James Ronnie "Jim" Jeffords

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020
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On July 22, 2020 we lost our greatly loved and honored husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, community leader and colleague.

James Ronnie Jeffords was born on September 30, 1957 in Urbana, IL. He was the son of, Ben R. Jeffords (deceased) and Helen G. (Osterbur) Jeffords, Spokane, WA, and the eldest of three brothers, Steven R. (Lisa) Jeffords, Spokane, WA and Brian D. Jeffords (deceased), Las Vegas, NV. He was loved and cherished as a son and brother.

Jim leaves behind his devoted wife, Tami J. (Hillestad) Jeffords. They met in 1989 and married in Clarkston, WA on December 12, 1997. They raised two sons: Tyler D. (Fumie) Jeffords, Portland, OR and Nicholas L. (Lilly) Arnot, Clarkston, WA. He also leaves grandchildren Vincent and Sara Jeffords, and Cooper, Eli and Scarlett Arnot. He was an honorable and dedicated husband, father and grandfather who humbly reflected Jesus in his daily life.

He graduated from Shadle Park High School and Eastern Washington University in 1989 w/ B.A. Applied Psychology and Business Administration Minor. Jim enjoyed hard work and had a respectable professional career in the Lewiston-Clarkston area working with the State of Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribe and City of Lewiston. County Commissioner Jeffords was serving his 3rd term as Asotin’s District 3 commissioner. The role of being an elected official in the county he lived in and loved was a responsibility he appreciated and took very seriously. He considered it to be one of the highest privileges to serve his county and community.

Jim loved to laugh, he was a musician, a sports and outdoors enthusiast of many kinds, a triathlete and he competed in World Senior Games in Ogden, UT while undergoing chemotherapy for the second year in a row. He placed 4th and 5th against World competitors most likely not on chemotherapy. He told no one of his circumstances but carried on.

Deceased's funeral arrangements


Funeral Service will be at 11 AM Tuesday, July 28th, at River City Church, 2102 8th St., Lewiston, ID, w/ Pastor Kevin Beeson as officiant, with a brief cookie and coffee reception to follow. https://rivercitychurch.us/
Interment will be at Vineland Cemetery, 1114 Vineland Clarkston, WA - 1:30 PM.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Merchant Funeral Home, 1000 7th St., Clarkston, WA, (509) 758-2556, merchant@clarkston.com |
https://merchantfuneralhome.com/home.html
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    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    River City Church
    Address
    2102 8th Street
    LEWISTON, ID 83501
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    Notes
    Funeral Service will be at 11 AM Tuesday, July 28th, at River City Church, 2102 8th St., Lewiston, ID, w/ Pastor Kevin Beeson as officiant, with a brief cookie and coffee reception to follow. https://rivercitychurch.us/ Interment will be at Vineland Cemetery, 1114 Vineland Clarkston, WA - 1:30 PM

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John Wiesman

Posted at 10:49pm
Jim was someone I got to know in my role as secretary of health. I so much appreciated his advice and support for our public health policy work. He was thoughtful, practical, and always grounded in community values and focused on prevention. He served admirably on the state board of health. I will miss his guidance and support.

I wish his family much peace and comfort in knowing his life impacted so many.
-John Wiesman
 

Tami Jeffords Posted at 03:07pm

Thank you for your honorable words. Tami Jeffords
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Tim and Jennie Myers

Posted at 07:12pm
Tami and Family, Our deepest condolences
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With our love and prayers for blessed memories for you....Barry and Elaine Osterbur, Nancy Hinrichs, and Bill and Kris Osterbur
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Catherine Willett and Shari Willett Hamel

Posted at 11:36pm
To our beloved cousin Jim...you are loved dearly!
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Tami Jeffords Posted at 03:06pm

Thank you so much for your support and memorial tree. The Jeffords
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Aunt Barbara and Uncle Roy Willett

Posted at 10:13pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this journey! Our love and prayers are with you!
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