Longtime Yreka resident James Curtis Mower passed away on January 25, 2021 at his home. He was 70 years old.
Jim was born on December 6, 1950 in Spokane, Washington to Calvin and Janet Mower. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in forestry.
Jim started working with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in 1970 as a firefighter and held several positions before he retired as the Assistant Chief for the Siskiyou Unit in 2001.
Early in his career, Jim received the Governor’s Heroism Award for a mine shaft rescue.
Jim loved the outdoors; hunting and fishing were his passions. However, it was his friendships that he treasured the most.
Jim founded the Yreka chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in 1997; he was a bronze benefactor of that organization and was a member of the BPOE Elks in both Yreka and Mount Shasta.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Mower, son-in-law, Paul Waters, and granddaughter, Eva Waters of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; and brother, Alan Mower of Rodeo, California.
No services are scheduled. Online condolences may be made at www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com.
Published on February 03, 2021