Mechanic 06

Jimmy Dale Boicourt

December 6, 1943 ~ October 9, 2022 (age 78)


On Sunday, October 9, 2022, loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend Jimmy Dale Boicourt passed away due to Lewy body dementia. He was seventy-eight years old. Born to Ernest Boicourt and Marian Boicourt (Hathaway) on December 6, 1943 in Broadus, MT, Jimmy spent most of his childhood in Palmer, AK. Jimmy was the youngest of four children and grew up primarily with his dad and two brothers. There are many unsubstantiated rumors of mischief and general tomfoolery from that era. Among Jimmy’s earliest forms of transportation was a horse named Windsong. One of his proudest accomplishments as a teenager was learning to pilot an airplane.

After graduating from Laurelwood Academy in Gaston, OR, Jimmy was drafted in the army and deployed to Germany.  Because he was a conscientious objector, he became a medic and thrived helping and treating his fellow comrades. It was in Germany that he met the love of his life Heidi (Heidrun) Zeilinger. They were soon engaged and married in 1969 and moved back to the U.S. to start their life together and build a family. Shortly after, his dear sons were born - Andy in 1970 and Ronnie in 1972.

The family settled in Milton Freewater, OR on 12 acres where Jimmy built his dairy farming business with his brother Ernie and father. Jimmy and Heidi were active members in the Seventh-day Adventist community and attended Milton Seventh-day Adventist Church. These years were filled with hard work but also a lot of playful fun in the backyard pool, on annual spring break motorhome adventures with family friends and summer beach trips. There are many magical memories from that time period, due to Jimmy and Heidi at the helm.

After their sons graduated from high school, Jimmy and Heidi spent the next 14 years living in Toledo, WA, Chehalis, WA, Kent, WA and Pecos, TX before their final move to Port Angeles, WA where they have lived since 2006. Jimmy and Heidi shared a love story that was true and deep during their 53-year marriage. 

Jimmy spent his career as a very talented and adept jack of all trades. The long list of these trades include: building, finishing & outfitting boats, carpentry, building & installing wood stoves, owning & managing a gravel plant with his brother Ernie, operating heavy machinery, rebuilding cars, renovating homes, and being a machinist. There wasn’t anything Jimmy couldn’t make or fix. His fine craftsmanship lives on in homes, boats and public spaces in the Pacific NW. Fond memories of Jimmy’s were when he got to work alongside his sons such as fishing trips in Alaska and boat building in Washington.

Jimmy was an idea man, a dreamer, a creator, a builder, a maker, a fixer, a craftsman, a tinkerer, a problem solver, a designer, a helper, a whistler, a silly storyteller, a jokester, an Opi and an excellent napper. On top of it all was his care and love for his family, his generous and gentle spirit, his kind heart, commitment to his faith, his humility, and his joyful and grateful nature.

Jimmy is survived by his beloved wife Heidi Boicourt, sons Andy Boicourt and Ronnie (Lili) Boicourt, brother Ernie (Ann) Boicourt, grandchildren Eliza and Ari and many extended family members and dear friends.  He is predeceased by his parents, brother Monty and sister Mona Lee.  Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.

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