Obituary: Cutts, James Edward
July 31, 2003
Long-time Truckee resident, James Edward Cutts, passed away in Phoenix, Ariz. July 18 at the age of 70.
Born in Anaconda, Mont. on Feb. 21, 1933, Jim moved with his family to Billings in 1934, where he spent his childhood, graduating from high school in 1951.
He served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954, rising to the rank of Sergeant, and earning numerous medals for his service, including the Purple Heart. In 1954, he married Janie Cummins, with whom he had nine children. He attended Eastern Montana College for one year, and then moved to Missoula, where he attended the University of Montana and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and teaching credentials. After college, he taught school in Sunburst and Billings until 1963, when he moved his wife and four sons to California. He began a 15-year teaching career at the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and had five daughters. He changed careers in 1979, moving to Truckee to become the Chief Examiner for the City of Reno.
Jim retired from that position in 1986 and worked in a variety of jobs, his favorite at Longs Drugs in Truckee. When he truly retired in 1999, Jim exchanged his mountain home for a pickup truck and trailer. In his new home, he followed the seasons – living in Oregon and Montana in the summer, then traveling south to Truckee, Sacramento, Bishop, and Phoenix to spend the winter, visiting family and friends at each destination.
He was winding down this year’s Phoenix trip, recovering from recent hip replacement surgery and looking forward to his travels north when he slipped quietly away. Jim had just celebrated his 70th birthday with his children by his side.
Jim loved people. Everyone who ever spent more than five minutes with him became a fast friend. Jim’s passion for people was only surpassed by his love for his children. He always bragged about them and in his eyes they could do no wrong. Jim was an avid fly-fisherman. He was so excited about his new hip and finally being able to fish a certain stream in Montana, which he had not been able to reach for years. His other passions were reading, history, and telling stories. Jim’s laughter, love, and friendship will be sorely missed.
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Jim is survived by his brother Charlie; sons Jim Jr., Jason, and Jeff; daughters Janette, Jennifer (Graves), Joanna (Buckmaster), Juliette, and Jessica, and grandchildren Jehnie, Joshua, Logan, Michael, Ryan, and Abigail. He was preceded in death by his son Jon and sisters Betty (Wilder) and Martha (Stepp).
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Truckee. All are welcome. Please contact Jan Cutts at (760) 873-7065 for more information.