James Arthur Maasdam
April 27, 1940 –– April 3, 2017
James Arthur Maasdam, 76, of Enterprise, died from injuries sustained in a fall April 3, 2017, with his family by his side.
Jim was born April 27,1940, in Algona, Iowa, to the late Arthur and Lillian Maasdam. At age 9, he moved with his family to Wallowa County.
Jim graduated from Enterprise High School in 1958 and joined the U.S. Air Force. Jim returned to Enterprise and married his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Prince.
He worked the family farm and various jobs until going to work for Harold Jensen as a self-taught logging truck mechanic for 14 years. He owned Ag Power & Equipment for seven long years before deciding to prove that he could drive truck better than all the guys he’d been listening to for years. However, he bought a Kenworth despite telling his kids their entire lives that Peterbilt’s were the only truck to drive.
No matter the make, Jim could drive anything and anywhere. Family vacations driving across the country with four kids were the norm, and Jim had the stories to prove it. Thankfully all the kids were always incredibly well behaved and Carolyn is a saint.
Jim’s sense of humor was his most defining quality. If you’ve met Jim, you’ve been teased by Jim. His nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren know this very well. Although he would say he didn’t see anything grand about them, they were the joy of his life and that was obvious to all.
Jim’s love of the Wallowa Valley and his family is well-documented in the photos he has taken throughout the years. He could tell you where every picture was taken and what was happening at the time. He was sure that he had seen more of Wallowa County than maybe anyone else ever has.
His faith was important to Jim, and it showed in the service he provided to his church and his community. His parents helped found Grace Lutheran Church and Jim has helped clean, paint, build, mow and trim every inch of it. He has served as Treasurer and president for many years and led many lay services.
Jim was a quietly generous man. The Community Connection Food Bank has been the beneficiary of his garden bounty for many years. He donated logs to the EHS FFA to raise money to attend the National Convention, and he was a longtime supporter of the 4-H and FFA Fat Stock Sale.
Jim, in his faith, often said “I’m not afraid to die; I’m just afraid of how I might die.” We are all sure he went on his terms.
Jim is survived by his wife Carolyn; brother Jerry (Sharon) Maasdam, Hillsboro, Ore.; sister Jean (Mike) Claymore, Boise, Idaho; sister Janice Foster, Boise; son Kane (Nancy) Maasdam, Enterprise; son Mark (Joni) Maasdam, Enterprise; daughter Kody Johnson, Enterprise; daughter Mary Barnett, Boise; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Art & Lillian Maasdam and his in-laws, James & Iva Prince.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Enterprise Cemetery District, 301 SE 6th St., Enterprise, OR 97828.