Jim DuCote, 47

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Jim DuCote, 47, a former resident of Mountain Home, died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at his new home in Long Beach, Miss.

Jim was born April 21, 1958, in San Antonio, Texas.  He was a 1976 graduate of Long Beach High School in Long Beach, Miss., where he was active in Boy Scouts, the DeMolays and Phi Kappa fraternity. 

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1978.  His duty stations included: Goodfellow AFB, TX; Offutt AFB, NE; Keflavik NAS, Iceland; and Keesler AFB, MS. 

After a medical discharge in 1989 he settled in the Treasure Valley where he became skilled as a telecommunications specialist and as a carpenter.  He worked for Baker Communications at Mountain Home Air Force Base and for Nashua Homes of Boise.

After hearing of the extensive damage cause by Hurricane Katrina, Jim moved back to Mississippi, along with his daughter, Madison, to help rebuild the place he loved the most. 

He attended the First United Methodist Church of Long Beach.

Jim is survived by: his mother, Jean DuCote of Colorado Springs; his sisters, Donna Lockyer and her husband, Rob, of Colorado Springs, and Dianne Garvey and her husband, Gary, of Ramstein, Germany; his two daughters, Renee McAlester of Mineral Springs, Ark., and Madison (Madi) DuCote of Long Beach, Miss.; and a grandson, as well as a nephew, two nieces and a special friend, Dianne Perkins of Nampa.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 17, at the First Methodist Church of Long Beach, Miss., with Riemann Funeral Homes in charge of the arrangements.  Burial was in the Biloxi National Cemetery.

Cards and memorials can be sent to Madi in care of: Allen Baker, 7086 Rolling Green Dr., Pass Christian, MS 39571.