CLEARWATER TRIBUNE HOME
JULY 1, 2010
Jim Routh, sitting atop his
John Deere, is the man responsible for keeping the grounds a place of beauty at
His mailbox says, “Have a blessed day”
By Alannah Allbrett
As you can see by the mailbox, his address (daytime one, at least) is Orofino Cemetery 10100 Hwy. 12. That would be Jim Routh sitting atop his John Deere. He is the man responsible for keeping the grounds a place of beauty at the Orofino Cemetery (as well as Hill Cemetery on Upper Ford’s Creek Road, and Weseman Cemetery about four miles east of Konkolville).
Jim had already built a wall
and rerouted sprinklers by the time I arrived to interview him. Except for the
help of his dog Cookie, it’s pretty much a one man show as groundskeeper and
maintenance man at the
All three of these cemeteries
are maintained by an annual budget from
Veterans, and volunteers, from the VFW, Harold Kinne Post 3296, regularly decorate the cemetery with beautiful displays of the American Flag. Jim said the flags are put up and taken down on the same day of a designated holiday. Jim goes through the entire cemetery four or five times a year to remove any dead plants and debris. He is also the record keeper and has made wall maps numbering and designating the location of plots.
As his fellow classmates were
still filing out of the building after their graduation from Twin Falls High in
1961, Jim said he was “already in the car and heading out of town.” He had a job
waiting for him that summer up north in Orofino. Jim later went to school in
Over the years, Jim worked for Bill Cummings, maintaining six to eight trucks, and building logging roads for Potlatch.
Jim had met his future wife,
Darlene, back in
Jim really enjoys working with kids and was a Royal Ranger leader for the youth of his church. Jim helped out a church sponsored summer camp last summer, and he will be cooking for the three day Synergy campout in mid July.
When he does get some time off, Jim likes to spend it backpacking with his grandkids. When asked what his plans for retirement are, Jim just shook his head from side to side. He just plans to keep on working and said, “All the glory goes to God for showing me how.” Besides the address, Jim’s mailbox also says, “Have a blessed day.”