James Arthur Laprevote
February 7, 1956 ~ March 20, 2021 (age 65)
James Arthur Laprevote died peacefully at his home from natural causes on March 20, 2021.
He was born February 7, 1956 at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica California to Francis A. Laprevote MD and Ellen Elizabeth Fleming Laprevote. He was the third of five children. He is survived by one sister, Maureen Longino and three brothers, Michael, Paul (Diane) and Dan (Mary). He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jim graduated from Culver City High School in Culver City, California in 1974.
Jim was an active member of and convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was baptized as a convert to the church on October 1, 1976. He served honorably in the Chile Osorno mission from 1979 to 1981. He served in various other callings with the Young Men's Organization, the Elders Quorum, and for many years as a ward finance clerk.
He attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Geology. He also attended graduate school at the University of Arizona, receiving a master's degree in Groundwater Hydrology.
Jim loved the outdoors and was fortunate to spend most working hours in the forests that he loved. He was a dedicated conservationist and spent many hours volunteering in various environmental activities including building water structures to help the bighorn sheep population during draught years in California.
His professional life was almost entirely with the Federal Government, first with the Bureau of Land Management and then with the US Forest Service. He had assignments in Sacramento California, Virginia, Winnemucca Nevada, and finally in Montpelier Idaho. He seemed to find a home in the friendly town of Montpelier and lived there for nearly twenty years.
Jim had a wonderful sense of humor and was kind and generous. He was a very private person and had a sharp intellect. He almost constantly read technical materials. He loved to fix and build things and was always in the middle of several projects repairing electronic equipment, bicycles, appliances, and much more.
Funeral Services will be on April 10 at 11:00 AM at the Montpelier First Ward, 485 S. Seventh Street, Montpelier ID 83254. He will be interred at the Montpelier City cemetery. Celebration of life afterwards at the Oregon Trail Center
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