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403 North Main Street
Hailey, ID 83333
Phone: 208-788-2244
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James Kjelland

James Paulo Kjelland

Monday, October 31st, 1960 - Friday, November 13th, 2020
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Jumbo, Jimbo, Brother, husband for hire, door whisperer, Carpenter, friend, Viking, animal lover, skier extraordinaire, mountain man. No matter what you called him, he was our favorite Norzillian. Our gentle giant. Born on October 31, 1960, in Sao Paulo, Brazil and raised in Lafayette, California, he learned how to ski at Lake Tahoe. Skiing was more than a hobby for Jim, it was his passion and there was nothing he loved more than being on Baldy, shredding the powder with his ski buddies. He came to Ketchum over 30 years ago and knew that he had found his forever home, a place where he could work, hike, bike and ski to his heart’s content.

Skiing with Jim was always about laughter, speed, powder, and more laughter. He competed as a speed skier at speeds approaching 120 mph from Silverton, Colorado to Davos, Switzerland. To ski with Jim was an experience! We can picture him on Baldy skiing endless expanses of untouched white powder with Chris, Lily, Bob, Kevin and others that have gone before him.

After completing an Associate’s degree in Photography at the Brooks Institute, Jim pursued his lifelong dream of being an international Director of Photography and Camera Operator for ski shoots. He was sought after and traveled to Europe, Japan, Switzerland, and France. Not only was he behind the camera, he was also in front of it. To see his grin in a photo would bring a smile to all….especially the ladies.

Sitting with him at Lefty’s, catching up on the latest news, and hearing him cheer on the Giants and the Raiders, his two favorite teams, was a favorite part of the day. He was one of our anchors there, and it will never be the same without him - his laughter, his wisecracks, and his concern for those that he knew and loved.

If any of us needed anything done, Jumbo was our man. He was a custom carpenter and could build just about anything. He could make a crooked door hang straight and his talents were well known throughout the Wood River Valley. To work with Jumbo meant that you had “made it”. If he was on your job site you knew it would be of the highest quality. His beloved dog Brin could often be found in his old Ford truck sitting co-pilot as he drove through town checking out job sites.

Jim leaves behind his two sisters, Deanna Murdy and Janice Sather; his nieces, Kristina Murdy and Kelsey Barrett; and his nephew Michael Murdy. He also leaves behind his firecracker of the past nine years, Page Demuth, who was with him to his last breath. Jumbo also leaves behind many friends who were his second family and loved him dearly. He had such a big heart and our lives will never be the same without him.

Our lives go on without you, but nothing is the same, we have to hide our heartache when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall, living our lives without you, is the hardest part of all. You did so much for us, your heart was kind and true, and when we needed someone, we could always count on you. The special years will not return when we were all together, but with the love within our hearts, you will walk with us forever.

A memorial service is planned at the top of Mt. Baldy at a later date in early summer.
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    Cremation under the care of Wood River Chapel
    403 N. Main Street
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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Peggy Johnson

Posted at 03:34pm
Even though I spent very little time with Jim in Anchorage-Alaska when he was visiting his sister, Janice. I remember those times fondly. Jim brought light and laughter to every encounter. It was my honor to know him.

In your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust James Paulo Kjelland.
In his life You embraced him with your tender love;
deliver Jim now from every evil
and bid him eternal rest.

The old order has passed away:
welcome Jim into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.

Jesus you spoke Your Word through the Gospel - Matthew 5:4, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. ... Blessed are those who grieve, for they shall be consoled." I pray and beg you Our Jesus Savior, please send your healing grace and comfort down in to the hearts and minds of Jim's family and friends.

My sincere condolences,
Peggy Johnson

Jim Julian

Posted at 02:49pm
God Bless you, Jim.
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Jim Julian

Posted at 02:46pm
Jim was a great guy. He was incredibly in touch with nature and snow. Those of you who really knew him will understand. I knew him mostly when he was a child and this makes me also compelled to mention Helen and Roland, his great parents. He may have passed, but he is not gone. Jim will live on forever in our hearts. God Bless and Rest In Peace, my friend.

Michael Murdy

Posted at 01:30pm
Uncle Jim was a legend, plain and simple. From early childhood into my late twenties I never spoke of his name without showing some kind of pride. I remember my mom telling me he'd received tenth place in some huge ski race back in the day. I then proceeded to tell all of my friends that my uncle was the tenth fastest skier in the world. I could rest on his accomplishments being that mine were so much smaller in nature (even though I was a mean pitcher).

Uncle Jim was the guy all us kids would fervently wait for at any family occasion. When you're younger, you find that every adult has an interval of time where they will humor your adolescence. They'll play silly games with you, throw you around and play pretend. But they usually don't last very long.

Jim did not have this interval of time.

While too young to ask the question or ponder an explanation as to why, we all loved Jim because he was a child in a huge person's body. He had gone through all the experiences of an adult but somehow had retained his childhood innocence. We all marveled at Uncle Jim because he had defied the odds. His glow was still intact.

I love my uncle. I don't love him because I have some familial tie to him. I love him because I love him. I feel indebted to him for all the incredible memories he gave me. I feel the only way to settle the debt is to pay it forward. Live life to the fullest and embrace that inner child. I won't let you down uncle. I'll carry you with me wherever I go. Cheers to you :)

jim gandolfi

Posted at 01:56pm
Jumbo was a big man. Big in stature and big in heart. I was lucky to meet Jim years ago when he was setting at his traditional spot at the corner of Lefty’s bar. We both grew up in the San Francisco Bay area we shared many stories of the early days of the Raiders and the Oakland Coliseum. Jim radiated warmth and friendship. His sly smile was always a wonderful sight as he ribbed his friends. Like many others, I will miss chatting with Jumbo. Rest in Peace.

Heidi Dohse Posted at 07:51pm

I originally met Jimbo in 1980 when I worked at Squaw Valley. I was a ticket checker and Jim was the big guy with a big smile. He was also an awesome big mountain skier. Over the next few years he was a bright light when I saw him in town or on the mountain. Imagine my surprise and joy when I ran into him in a Baldy lift line about 20 years ago. We had both migrated from Tahoe to the Woodriver Valley for the same reasons. Seeing Jim here, either in town or on the mountain once again brought light and laughter to my day. I will miss him and wish him peace on his next adventure.

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