Michael Thomas Jamison, 67
Michael Thomas Jamison, 67, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away June 25, 2014 at his home.
Mike was born May 10, 1947 in Pocatello, Idaho to Arthur G. Jamison and Nola Stewart. He was raised in Blackfoot and graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1965 (he was affectionately called “Jesse”), where he played football, ran track and was president of Hi-Y. Many good times were shared with his wonderful circle of friends. Few friends have ever had more fun, hilarity and camaraderie than that bunch of nuts from the BHS Class of 1965.
Mike honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1972. He was stationed in Vietnam, Qui Nhon Harbor, on boat patrol as captain of a two-man crew. During his stint there, the Viet Cong and NVA launched the Vietnamese New Year “Tet” offensive. He recalled that the enemy ran through the camp and barracks where he was stationed tossing grenades and firing AK-47’s in the very early morning of Jan. 21, 1968. He later noticed a bullet hole just above his bunk where his head had been moments before. Other than relating that story, like most wartime vets, he didn’t like to talk much about his war, “Nam”.
When he returned he was stationed in Jacksonville, Fla. Following his discharge, Mike made a long road trip in his Nash Rambler, all over America. He worked at many jobs, hanging rods and drapes to digging ditches, earning enough money to continue his trip.
Mike married Jocelyn Bales; they were later divorced. He had a step-daughter, Nicole.
Mike worked for Commercial Floors as a flooring installer for over 35 years. He worked with his brothers and Dad. Mike’s handiwork is seen in countless buildings throughout Idaho and Wyoming. As an old floor layer, Mike would be the first one to say, “I’m glad I didn’t die face down in a bucket of glue.”
Mike loved children (he was everyone’s favorite “Uncle Mike), he enjoyed photography, muzzleloader shooting with his very good friend, Steve Simpson, reading history books, watching foreign films, traveling and studying family history.
In his younger years Mike loved tooling around in his ’57 Chevy. He was a charter member and past president of the Bloo Room Brothers of America, Wapello Chapter.
Mike had a wonderful intellect and sense of humor; he could always make you laugh or leave you thinking. He was a very private person, never wanted to worry or burden anyone.
Mike was dearly loved by his nieces and nephew: Amy, Matthew, Michelle and Katie and their families. He will be greatly missed.
Mike is survived by his brothers, Eddy (Connie) of Blackfoot, Kevin (Valerie) of Blackfoot and Robert (Noriko) of Apache Junction, Ariz.; father, Arthur G. Jamison of Blackfoot; his good friend Tom Hale and much-loved aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Nola S. Jamison; his grandparents, Wallace Jamison and Susie Jamison Williams, Blanchard and Laura Stewart and many of his lifelong friends.
Private family services are planned at a later date.
Arrangements are under the care of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.