Sept. 18, 2013
James “Jim” Lowell Burres (1936-2013) died peacefully at his home in Waitsburg on Sept. 18, 2013. Jim was born in The Dallas, Ore., to Lowell and Maude Woodard Burres. His farming family relocated to Prescott when Jim was 10 years old. Jim grew up helping his father, Lowell, run the wheat farm and raise Polled Hereford cattle. Jim graduated from Prescott High School in 1955. He was very active in 4H, FFA and sports. Jim’s love was for his cattle. He raised and showed award-winning Polled Herefords at many regional fairs and livestock shows. After graduating from high school, Jim briefly attended Yakima Community College, where he studied mechanics.
Upon returning to Prescott/Waistburg area, he became quite active in the Washington Cattlemen’s Association. He held several offices throughout the years including president. Jim stayed involved in local 4H activities/events. He created and coordinated an annual livestock judging clinic for local 4H-ers. Jim was also involved with the Waitsburg Days of Real Sport serving on the board of directors and as the jockey director and parking supervisor. He was also active in local government as a councilman and director of the Ye Old Town Hall. He was a member of the Commercial Club. Jim’s love for his community was demonstrated through his portrayal of the community Santa Claus, which he enjoyed so much. His grandchildren loved their own visits from their own Santa Claus. Jim was always willing to stop and help anyone.
Jim married Barbara C. Estes on March 31, 1973, in Carson City, Nev. They settled in a turn-of-the-century home in Waitsburg, however, Jim maintained the family farm outside of Prescott, making daily trips to take care of his cattle and keep the farm going, but always stopping at the Waitsburg Hardware Store for his coffee and a good visit.
Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara; his step-children, Patricia Dunn (Salem), Rebecca Vaughn (La Grande) and Rod Estes (Hood River), and their spouses; six grandchildren, Andrea Estes (Spokane), Stacey Candlish (La Grande); Kaitlin Jepsen (Tacoma) and spouses: James Estes, Andrew Estes and Patrick Estes (Hood River); a sister Joan Hinchliffe and spouse; nephew, George Hinchliffe; niece, Theresa Hinchliffe.
A private graveside service will be followed by a celebration of life at the Presbyterian Church in Waitsburg on Sept. 28, 2013, at 2 p.m. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Jim’s life. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to following organizations: Ye Old Town Hall; Waitsburg Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Service; or Walla Walla Community Hospice.