James (Jim) Milton Salters, 66, of Asotin, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
He was born in Manchester, Conn. After moving to Lancaster, Calif., when he was 3, at age 13 his family moved to Clarkston, where he attended Lincoln Junior High School and graduated from Clarkston High School in 1970.
Drafted in 1972, he served in the U.S. Army until 1975. He served as a crew chief of a Huey UH-1 helicopter while stationed in Chuncheon, South Korea, at Camp Page with the 55th Aviation Company’s Rocket Platoon. During his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. While in Korea, he studied Hapkido and met and married Chun Salters.
They returned to the U.S. and settled in Pullman, where he began his lifelong career as a flooring installer and raised their two children. In 1995, he moved back to Asotin to help care for his mother Alta and stepfather Jack Hinton.
His hobbies included singing and playing the guitar. He played in several bands during and after high school as a rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist. He loved boating and fishing on the Snake River, collecting antiques and flying remote controlled airplanes. He will be remembered most for his mischievous sense of humor, his honesty and integrity, his craftsmanship and the pride he took in his work, his strong work ethic, his willingness to lend a helping hand and his unwavering love for his family.
He is survived by his son Jim Salters, daughter-in-law Jody and grandchildren Molly, Lucy and Jimmy, of Cincinnati, Ohio; his daughter Gina Ueke, son-in-law Travis and grandchildren Kaitlyn, Natalie and TJ, of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; his life partner, Latasha King; his sisters, Betsy Maxhimer, of Clarkston, and Jacqueline DeLaney, of Las Vegas. He was preceded in death by his father, James Salters, of Manchester; his mother, Alta Hinton and stepfather Jack Hinton, of Asotin; and his sister Glenna Urbina, of Mountain Home, Ark.
A celebration of life will be held at the Clarkston Eagles Lodge on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Donations to woundedwarriorproject.org in Jim’s name will help others with PTSD.