Jimmie Bales (1937 - 2011)

[Standing: RD Valentine, Jack Lamphere, and Chief Boles; Seated: Jimmie Bales]
Received a call this evening from the Cochise County, Arizona Sheriffs department and they informed me that Jimmie Bales was transported to the hospital last month and died at the hospital. The cause of death was not known. For us who knew him he was a fun person who always had a smile on his face. He was a horrible guitar player and could not sing a note but he was my friend and I will miss him.
JD Caldron

Jimmie Alanson Bales

Jimmie Alanson Bales, 73, died on March 13, 2011, with his family and his cat (Piss-ant) by his side in St. David, Ariz.

Memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on April 2 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Meeting Building in Sunsites. Ariz.

He was born Dec. 23, 1937 in McAllen, Texas to Richard and Ruth Bales. They moved between Texas, California and Arizona throughout his childhood.

Jim was extremely proud of his military service in the U.S. Navy. He joined the navy at the age of 17; he graduated from high school while at sea with the help of a persuasive officer that took him under his wing. He retired from the Navy in 1976.

In 1957, he married Rhoma Buttermore in San Diego, Calif. He had six children while married to Rhoma: Danny, Carrie, Michael, Sherri, Scott and Stacey. They were later divorced in 1973.

In 1975, he married Diane Chapman in San Diego, Calif. In this marriage he gained a stepson, Todd. After retiring from the navy they moved to Cochise, Ariz. A few years later he began working at Arizona Electric Power at the power plant in Cochise. He retired from the power plant after 18 years of service.

Jim spent his most recent years working on genealogy, spending time with his cat, and a long battle with multiple cancers. He will be greatly missed as a father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Jim was survived by wife: Diane Bales; Son: Todd Carpenter (Jean); Brother-in-law: Dean Chapman (Debbie); and Grandchildren: Breana, Kayla, Jarrett and Derek.