James Henry “Jamie” Brizendine, 41, burst into this world on his Grandpa Wood's birthday on January 15, 1975. He came on his own time, making his excited parents and family wait for two weeks longer than expected. Arriving with a furious independence, he made it clear that he wanted to do it "my way"--a trait that lasted to the end. He returned home to Hagerman where he was surrounded by those who love him when he departed this existence on December 30, 2016.
Jamie grew up on the Wood Ranch in Hagerman where he was his dad's little shadow. He learned a love of guns and hunting, the thrill of outsmarting various species of elusive fish, and the importance of having ”wheels”—fast or otherwise. His youth was spent with carefree abandonment among the trees, rocks, and in the water with his cousins, little brother, Dave, and the various animals that were always a part of his life. When his three little sisters, Tara, Darla and Sundii, joined the family, he assumed the role of “big brother”.
He attended school at Bliss where he enjoyed soccer and basketball, learned his love of welding and metalwork, and got good grades despite giving some of his teacher’s ulcers.
Jamie was a "go-er" and loved to work with his hands. He was smart, funny, and had a contagious smile. His life pursuits included iron worker, big equipment operator, and truck driver. But perhaps his favorite occupation was a river guide where he expertly negotiated the tricky and dangerous rapids of the Snake River in a jet boat while helping his clients have the thrill of catching the awesome sturgeon that live in the depths of the river below his home.
Besides family and close friends, the "loves" of his life were his canine companions: Anni, Sweet and Lucy. There will be a void left by his passing.
He is survived by his parents, Jim and Jennette Brizendine; brother, Dave (Kelsey); sisters, Tara (Mitch) Reese, Darla (Dave) Fisher, and Sundii (Jonasee) Brizendine; as well as his niece, nephews, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Life Memorial will be held at the LDS Cultural Hall in Hagerman on Saturday January 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. for anyone who would like to come share in the memories of Jamie.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make donations in Jamie’s name to Hospice Visions, Inc. as they made it possible for him to come home: Hospice Visions, Inc., 1770 Park View Drive, Twin Falls, ID 83301 (208) 735-0121.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Jamie’s memorial webpage at www.farnsworthmortuary.com.