Jimmy G. Maddox, 65, died Oct. 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada of congestive heart failure with his children by his side. He was born January 11, 1947 in Phillips, Texas to James and Wanda Maddox. The family moved to South Fork in 1956 where he later graduated from Del Norte High School in 1965.
Following graduation, he served two tours of duty in the Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he received a Bronze Star with Valor. He worked as a logger and a heavy equipment mechanic in the mining industry. Jimmy enjoyed photography, scuba diving and boating on Lake Mead with family and friends. His greatest passion was driving his IMCA modified race car. Although he never came in first, he was never last!
Survivors include: two daughters, Carrie (Chris) Crane of Montrose, Colorado and Nikki Smartt of Corvallis, Oregon; and a son, Tyler (Trista) Maddox of Springfield, Oregon; five grandchildren, Emily and Sam Crane, Shayanne, Jayciee and Kamilla Maddox, and two step-granddaughters, Kara and Kirsten Smartt; a brother, Michael (Pauline) Maddox and sister, Patti Buffington, of Del Norte; five nieces and one nephew, as well as great nieces and nephews and many friends.
If you would like to share your memories, go to Facebook and search for “In Memory of Jim Maddox” where the family has set up a memorial page for him. You will also see what plans there will be for the celebration of his life later this summer.