James Edward Paulson was born June 4, 1937, in Del Norte, Colo., the middle son of Oscar and Arabelle Paulson. Jim passed away peacefully Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the Desert View Care Center in Buhl.
He spent his childhood working on the ranch, bucking 100-pound potato sacks, stacking hay and riding the trail to take cows to the range. His mom raised chickens to sell the eggs, and they milked a few cows to separate and sell cream since times were tough during the Depression years. He remembered his mom driving to the top of the hill, turning off the car and coasting down the hill to save gas.
Jim loved sports and played them all. He often told his grandkids about being a freshman, tackling the hero on the opposing team, and the coach making him captain for homecoming! He had to kiss the senior homecoming queen, even though he was extremely bashful. Jim was always an early riser, which was instilled in him by his dad who often said, "When I say jump, you jump, and ask how high on the way up."
Jim and Glennys Davis were married in 1955. They spent the first two years of married life in a two-room house, where they pumped water outside and had to walk a path to the privy. They farmed with family in Colorado, where all four of their children were born. In 1973, they moved to Buhl, Idaho, making nine separate trips to haul all of their machinery and 50 head of cows with an old bob-tail truck and trailer. On the farm, their kids remember all of the rocks they had to pick and the tall, tall Idaho corn.
His parents and younger brother Hank preceded him in death. Surviving Jim is one brother, Ronnie; his wife, Glennys; his children and best friends, Gail (Charlene) Paulson, Gary (Roxanne) Paulson, Greg (Shawna) Paulson and Jayme (Jamie) Shouse. Eight grandchildren called him grandpa, Mathew (Kristina) Paulson with great-granddaughter Arabelle, Rodney (Chelsy) Paulson, Christopher Paulson, Rachele (Will) Bossert, Cory (Kenji) Paulson, Tara (Dade) Pettinger, Darby Shouse and Taylor Paulson.