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Robert J. (Jim) Heavener

January 9, 2013


Robert J. (Jim) Heavener



Jim was born May 27, 1922 in Latuda, Utah, a small mining town that no longer exists. Utah remained home to Jim, (he graduated from Provo High School) until he joined the Navy in 1941. From then on he became a world traveler, spending 21 years in the service of our country, followed by travel for his job with Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Deep Space Program. 

Eventually Jim retired to the beautiful Owens Valley, parking his trailer home next to the Owens River, beating everyone at catching fish and shooting ducks. He later moved his trailer to a park in town and worked part-time for Herron’s Sporting Goods and then full-time for the Bishop Golf Club. 

Jim left the Golf Club in 1977, the same year he married Millie Mackenzie. After that he bartended for McMurry’s and Rusty’s saloons off and on for the next two decades.

Jim retired, again, in 1999 to the five acres that he and Millie had purchased in rural Idaho. There he learned to grow alfalfa and a huge garden every year. 

Eventually the alfalfa-growing days and huge garden days came to an end, but Jim remained active until pneumonia took him from us at the age of 90. He died Oct. 17, 2012. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Millie; sister, Rose Cherrington; nieces, Rosemary Bottai and Jean Mayrose; stepchildren, Brandi Bridges and Brian Mackenzie; and granddaughter, Heather Bridges Miller; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and even six greatgrands. 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Norman Heavener; and sister, Ada Heavener. 

Jim requested no services, but family and close friends will celebrate his life at his home in Idaho, on the lawn he nurtured and loved so much, next Memorial Day, which also happens to be his birthday.  

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