John Grim

Obituary of John Delbert Grim

In Loving Memory of John Grim 

September 2, 1944 - July 25, 2023 

John Grim, a remarkable man who touched the lives of many, was born on September 2, 1944, in Alexandria, Louisiana. He passed away on July 25, 2023, in Caldwell, Idaho. He spent his formative years in Wilder, Idaho. This is where he cultivated a strong sense of community and laid the foundation for a life surrounded by people who held a deep affection along with a deeper admiration for him as a father, grandfather, and friend. . 

John's journey through life took him on various paths, each marked by outstanding accomplishments and unwavering dedication. From his early days, he demonstrated a passion for the safety and security of others. This core value would become the  central focus of his life. 

As a young man he served with distinction and honor in various law enforcement agencies. This included the Wilder Police Department, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, and his beloved Owyhee County Sheriff's Office. In recognition of his exceptional service and leadership qualities, John was entrusted with the responsibility of serving as the Chief of Police in Mackay, Idaho, for a short but impactful time. 

After his time in law enforcement, John ventured into the mining industry, seeking adventure and new challenges. His path led him to the rugged landscapes of Alaska, where he became a dedicated and skilled miner. He contributed significantly to the state's cultivation of rich natural resources. 

Returning to his beloved Idaho, John's love for the land and agriculture remained strong. He spent a considerable amount of time working on various farms in the community. Through his dedication and hard work, he became an integral part of the agricultural landscape.John contributed to the prosperity of local farms and helped them thrive. 

Managing over 4,000 acres of land, John's involvement in farming allowed him to experience the beauty of nature and the joy of witnessing the fruits of his labor firsthand. He valued the importance of working the land and admired the resilience and dedication of farmers who nurtured the soil to produce abundant harvests. 

For over 20 years, John worked as a Safety Manager for JC Watson Co. fixing farming equipment, training others in safety, and building relationships across the Treasure Valley. John embodied the values of hard work, perseverance, and resourcefulness. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it was fixing a neighbor's vehicle or assisting a fellow farmer during busy seasons. His generosity knew no bounds, and he was beloved by many for his kind and caring nature. Rarely would John leave his home without someone happily greeting him with a familiar smile or handshake.  

Though he was dedicated in his role as a Safety Manager, John remained a devoted family man. He continued to support and nurture his four children and numerous grandchildren, sharing his wisdom, love, and life lessons with them. The family gatherings were always filled with laughter, love, and a deep sense of togetherness that made cherished memories for generations to come. 

Outside of his professional pursuits, John embraced several hobbies that brought him great joy and fulfillment. Golf was a favorite pastime, where he could unwind and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. He relished the peaceful moments spent on the greens, perfecting his swing and cherishing the camaraderie of his golf partners. 

Learning from his father Harold, John's love for fishing and hunting ran deep. Whether casting lines in serene fishing spots or exploring the wilderness on hunting excursions, these experiences forged treasured memories and strengthened the bond between father and son. This special bond would carry on as a family legacy carried out through John and his children. As a result, each of John's children remain appreciative of the beauty and wonder that nature has to offer, forever grateful to their father. 

Above all, John's heart overflowed with love and pride for his children and grandchildren. He supported them wholeheartedly in their endeavors, cheering them on in their achievements, and providing unwavering encouragement during challenging times. His family was the center of his world, and he found immense happiness in their happiness. He was often quoted as saying, "Find what makes you happy and forget all the other stuff". 

A devoted and loving father, John raised four children – Rob (Heather) of Henderson Nevada, Mike (Trina) of Nampa Idaho, Terri (Jacy Lawrence) of Adna Washington, and Christopher (Jennifer) of Stanwood Washington – instilling in them values of integrity, perseverance, and compassion. Their successes and happiness were a source of immense pride and joy for him, and he remained their unwavering supporter throughout their lives. 

John also found great happiness in being a doting grandfather to his beloved grandchildren, Ashley, Arick, Matthew, Grace, Olivia, Andrew, Konah, Nicholas, Preston, Brooklyn and Bjorn and numerous great grandchildren. He cherished every moment spent with them, sharing stories, laughter, and creating cherished memories that will forever be held close to their hearts. 

John's warmth, kindness, and generosity touched the hearts of all who knew him. He had a way of making everyone feel welcome and valued, leaving a lasting impression on everyone he met. 

As we bid farewell to John Grim, we celebrate the extraordinary life he led and the profound impact he had on our lives. His legacy of service, hard work, and love, as well as his cherished hobbies, will forever be carried on through his children, grandchildren, and the memories shared with countless loved ones. 

A celebration of life to honor and pay tribute to the remarkable life of John Grim will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Owyhee County Museum, reflecting John's spirit of generosity and compassion. 

Though John may no longer be with us in person, his memory will live on in our hearts forever. 

Rest in peace, Dad. And remember, we’ll always love you!  

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