Jim Prescott of Chase, BC passed away at Gemstone Care Centre on June 28, 2015. He was born October 16, 1932 in Roy, Montana to Jerry and Mary (Siroky) Prescott. His family moved to the Gallatin Valley and Belgrade Montana in 1936 where they were involved in the farming and ranching business, raising registered Hereford cattle.
Jim married Joanne Delano in 1953 in Bozeman, Montana. In 1964 Jim and his family moved to Cowley, Alberta and in the foothills continued raising Hereford cattle, and selling bulls across southern Alberta. In 1968 he and his family carried on this operation after moving to BC and purchasing the China Valley ranch as well as a home and acreage on the VLA and Chase Creek. After selling their farm and ranch they moved into Chase. Jim built and remodeled many homes in the area including theirs and a 4-plex which they rented out. He also built furniture as a hobby, including bedroom suites for family. He and Joanne managed an apartment block in Kamloops for four years.
After heart surgery, they moved back to their home in Chase, where he could spend more time with his true passion of fishing. He was an ardent fly fisherman, spending the winter months tying flies and testing them on the waters in the area as many days of the week as the weather and his health allowed. He enjoyed nothing more than passing this tradition and knowledge on to his family and friends, enjoying every trip he made when they could accompany him. Jim looked forward to his yearly camping trip to the Kootenays with his sons and grandsons, planning and shopping for weeks ahead. For years he returned to Roy, Montana to take his Dad on their yearly fishing/camping trip. He was also able to enjoy many camping trips locally with family, where he could filet their catch and have a nice fish fry at the end of the day.
Jim was a proud supporter of his grandkids various sports events, seldom missing a baseball, soccer, hockey game or dance recital.
Jim is survived by his wife Joanne of nearly 62 years, sons Mike, Jerry (Velda), Tom, daughter Colleen (Ted) Patterson, daughter-in-law Karen Prescott, ten grandchildren, six great granddaughters and one brother Milton (Jackie) Prescott of Glendive, Montana. He was preceded in death by his oldest son Jim Prescott, grandson Jaye Prescott, his parents, two sisters Emma Hoffman and Mary Jane Baker, brother Robert Prescott, and step brother Joe Soushek.
The family wishes to thank Dr Wynne, staff and care givers at Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre for their compassionate and loving care given Jim and his family the past two years.
In respect of Jim’s wishes there will be no funeral services, he would rather you just took someone fishing. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, the Chase Lions Club or a charity of your choice.