James Wesley Mackin, age 73, of Joseph, Ore., passed away March 26, 2013, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital surrounded by his three children after a long battle with cancer.
He was born April 9, 1939, in Moscow, Idaho, to Burnadette McGuire Mackin and Orval Mackin. He attended school in Walla Walla and Dayton and graduated from Dayton High School in 1958. He attended Washington State University and went on to graduate with a degree in animal husbandry from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1964.
In 1961 he married Sally Talbott and they had three children together. They later divorced. After college he went to work at Bar-S Feedlot in Sunnyside, Wash. He then worked as a ranch manager at Selah, Wash.
In 1969 he came to Wallowa County to take up cattle ranching and raise his family. He worked several years for C&B Feedlot, where he managed their yearling cattle operation in Wallowa County. He was a longtime volunteer of organizations including Wallowa County Fair, local 4-H and FFA chapters, Chief Joseph Days Rodeo as well as many other civic organizations. He was also a local weather station reporter for USGS for 10 years.
In 1978 he married Maxine Marr. They enjoyed camping, the company of friends and time spent with family. They enjoyed many happy years together until her passing in 2007.
Survivors include Sally Talbott; daughters, Jill (Mark) Moncrief of Enterprise, Patty (Pat) of Nezperce, Idaho; son, John (Susie) Mackin of Idaho Falls, Idaho; step-sons, Shane (Shelli) Marr of Seattle, Todd (Heather) Marr of Enterprise; grandchildren, Justin Moncrief, Chelsi (Jake) Thompson, Shelby Moncrief, Mitchell and Jimmy Barnett, Connor and Addie Mackin, Dillon and Maci Marr; sister, Sharon (Gary) Shaw of Wenatchee.
A graveside service is planned for Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Joseph Oregon Cemetery followed by a celebration of life at the Enterprise Elks Club. Memorial donations can be made to Wallowa Memorial Hospital in care of the cancer/chemotherapy
department in Enterprise.