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Remembering Jim Frazier

Thursday, July 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sheldon Nicolle
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Dear Member,

 

On June 21st, 2018 falconry and NAFA lost a good friend with the passing of Jim Frazier. Included below is a very touching remembrance from Paul Mascuch, along with information on how you can share in the celebration of Jim’s life.

 

James H. Frazier
1926 to 2018

The falconry community and I personally lost a good friend with the passing of James H. Frazier on June 21st, 2018 at the age of 91. In the weeks before Jim passed many falconry friends visited at his home to talk birds, dogs, and falconry. Jim was still engaged in these conversations and talked about a new falcon this year, right up until the end.

Jim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1926 and grew up in the area. He was always interested in the outdoors and wildlife. He brought a constant series of birds, snakes, turtles, and other wildlife home much to the consternation of his mother. He became interested in raptors and fascinated by falconry at an early age. There was a picture hanging in Jim’s home office that showed him at the edge of an active cooper’s nest in 1937. His interest in falconry, and an introduction by his older brother, brought Jim into contact with Doc Stabler who became Jim’s mentor.
World War II was raging and Jim enlisted, followed his older brother into the Navy. He served in Japan at the end of the war.

Jim studied accounting at St. Joseph’s college in Philadelphia and following graduation entered graduate school at Georgetown University studying political science. He was recruited out of school by the FBI and never finished his graduate studies. Jim served his entire career in the FBI starting in Washington, DC and then Saginaw, Michigan. Jim was active hunting and fishing when he wasn’t working. When an FBI opening came open in Alaska Jim jumped at the chance and applied for the position. He got the job and moved north.

Jim covered most of the state of Alaska for the FBI and got to know many people all over the state. He met his wife Millie there. When he retired he continued his Alaskan adventures flying Gyrfalcons, guiding sheep hunters in the Wrangle Mountains, and floating a number of Alaska’s wilderness rivers. One of these float trips was over 1,700 miles long. He documented many raptor territories during these floats and provided his note to Alaska Fish and Game.

In retirement Jim split his time spending summers in Alaska doing investigations for a law firm then migrating to Arizona to fly falcons at ducks during the winter. Getting tired of migrating annually between Alaska and Arizona Jim and Millie settled in Emmett, Idaho.

Jim was a long time NAFA member and loved attending the annual field meets. He organized and ran the NAFA meet in Lamar, Colorado in 1992. Jim and I attended many NAFA meets together where he loved catching up with old friends. When Millie was alive the door to their room at the NAFA meets was always open and served as a hospitality room for many falconers. Drink, smoked salmon, and caribou sausage was shared by all.

Jim eventually stopped flying Gyrs and moved on to Peregrines and then Gyr/peregrine hybrids. His tiercel hybrid Amos was an amazing game hawk bringing many sage grouse to bag. Jim and I hawked together often and spent a lot of windshield time talking about many varied topics. He became a very close friend who shared many meals and holidays with my family and friends.

I will miss our time together running dogs, flying falcons, and discussing the meaning of life. Rest in peace Jim.

Paul Mascuch

*At 10:00 am on Monday July 23rd there will be a short service for a Jim Frazier at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery at 10100 N Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, ID 83714. Immediately following the service at the cemetery there will be a celebration of Jim’s life held at the Archives of Falconry at 5668 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, ID 83709.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to the Archives in Jim’s memory.

 




 

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