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Jimmy Duane Driever

August 27, 1932 — August 3, 2011

Jimmy Duane Driever of Pocatello passed away quietly on Wednesday morning, at his son's home surrounded by his family.

Jimmy, or Jim as most call him, was born to Alma and Theron Driever on August 27th 1932 in Atchison County Missouri. He was the second of four children. The family moved to Pocatello when Jim was 5 years old.

Jim attended grade school at Bonneville elementary and Jr. High at Tyhee. Summer time would find him working for the canal district keeping moss and debris out of the canals; a perfect job for a strong rambunctious boy who could not sit still for a second.

It became apparent when he started high school at Pocatello High that Jim was a talented athlete that could play any sport. He focused on football and boxing. While attending Poky he met his future wife Carolyn Nielsen. Although they were not childhood sweethearts the connection had been made and the future would find them together.

Jim received a boxing scholarship to the University of Idaho and attended 1 year. At the end of that year he heard a different calling and enlisted in the Navy where he spent most of his tour in Hawaii as a dental technician. He also boxed for the Navy Team while he was enlisted.

After his stint in the Navy, Jim returned to Pocatello and received a scholarship to Idaho State to box or play football. He chose boxing. It was a good choice. During this period, ISU was the premier boxing program in the nation. Jim fit right in. The team was composed of Olympic champions, National AAU champions, and members who went on to win World championships.

After college Jim once again met up with Carolyn Neilsen. They had not been part of each other's life and Carolyn had a couple of young ones. Jim, Carolyn, Doug and Jim fell in love, got married and the family started working on some new additions. Rick was the next followed by the only girl Shauna.

Jim's life was complete. He was a terrific Dad, a loving husband and a great example of what a man really is. He dedicated an enormous amount of his time to young men in the Pocatello area as coach of the VFW boxing team. Three to four nights a week would find him at the gym across from Poky high teaching and coaching young men on the art of self defense and the virtues of being a decent and loving human being.

Jim felt his greatest accomplishment was his family; immediate and extended. Any time spent with family was the best time of his life.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Theron Driever, his wife Carolyn, his son Jimmy E. Driever, his son Richard Driever and his granddaughter, Darcy.

Jim is survived by his son, Doug Driever and his wife Barbara, his daughter Shauna Mullenax and her husband Greg.

He is also survived by his brothers, Theron and Jack Driever, sister, Wreatha Liljenquist, eleven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren. His grandson Tony and his wife Carolina are expecting their first son in Nov. He will be the first grandson to pass on his grandpa's name.

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