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James Joseph Arritola

James Joseph Arritola

Male 1946 - 2013  (67 years)

  • Name James Joseph Arritola 
    Born 29 Apr 1946 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 May 2013 
    • James (Jim) Joseph Arritola, 67 was born in Boise, Idaho on April 29, 1946 to Joe and Josephine Arritola.
      He passed away May 18, 2013, after a long battle with diabetes.

      Jim graduated from Borah High School in 1964. While in high school he excelled in football, wrestling and track/field. He continued his education at College of Idaho, where he also played football. He graduated from C of I in 1968 with a B.A. degree in English.

      His first teaching job was at Vale High School, where he taught all levels of English. He also coached football, track/field, and wrestling. While head wrestling coach at VHS, he and George Fuson started the Vale Assassins Little Kids Wrestling Club. He also met his wife of 40 years, Kathy Goade . Together they had 2 sons, Joe (Theresa) Arritola, AJ Arritola, and a daughter Sarah (TJ) Rodriguez, 4 grandsons, Kaelleb, Joshawah, Mathieu, Thomas, and 1 granddaughter, Zettie.

      After Jim’s teaching career he remained active in many other activities including; St. Patricks C.C.D, Malheur County Fair Board, Ontario Basque Club, Malheur County Council on Aging, and substitute teaching, he was especially fond of his substititute teaching in Jordan Valley/Arock, and driving for Standage Farms during the fall harvest. Jim enjoyed going to and watching BSU football games, he was an avid sheep breeder, who liked going to fairs and sales throughout the West, especially the Nugget Show/Sale in Reno.

      Jim was very proud of his Basque heritage, his family, and his pride and joys his grandchildren. He loved watching them show at the fair, playing sports, or just spending time with them. The Arritola farm allowed Jim to teach his children and grandchildren many life lessons.

      He is survived by his mother Josephine, his wife, 3 children, daughter in law, son in law, 5 grandchildren, sister Joene Arritola, niece Amy Romans, 2 nephews Tanner and Trevor Romans.

      He was preceded in death by his father Joe, his stepfather Tom, his father in law AJ Goade, mother in law Dorothy Goade, and numerous aunts and uncles.

      A Rosary will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patricks Catholic Church is Vale, Oregon. A Mass of the Christian burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. on May 29, 2013 at St. Patricks in Vale.

      A private burial will be done at a later time.

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ontario Basque Club, or Malheur County Fair . Condolences may be sent to the family at

    Person ID I5749228  OBC Sustraiak
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2016 

    Father Jose Arritola,   b. 06 Jun 1918,   d. 03 Aug 1962, Boise, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Mother Josephine Elizabeth Arrien Lequerica,   b. 21 May 1924, Caldwell, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 2014  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 09 May 1945  Seattle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1569819  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Kathryn Dix Goade,   b. 16 Mar 1948, Boise, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 2015, Vale, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1973 
     1. S. Arritola
     2. A. Arritola
     3. J. Arritola
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F1569681  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart