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James "Jimmy" Shiroda

June 16, 1953 — March 2, 2024

James "Jimmy" Shiroda, 70, passed away on March 2, 2024 in Pocatello, Idaho.


As we mourn the loss of Jim, we begin with a quote from one of his favorite artists, Bob Dylan: “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between he does what he wants.” Jim had a successful life. Despite his struggles with allergies in his youth that prevented him from participating in the usual playtime activities, he found enjoyment in reading and observing the wildlife in Wisconsin.


During his teen years, he became somewhat of a modern renaissance man; getting involved with the arts, science, and the outdoors. He focused on photography, the study of zoology, and hiking. His long and frequent hikes provided many opportunities to blend these interests. Later, he would ride his motorcycle to remote spots in Wisconsin to observe the wildlife and take pictures. Jim loved to travel and took every opportunity to visit family that scattered in many locations. His journeys extended in the United States as well as international destinations to the Cook Islands and St. Croix.


Jim loved to experience the wildlife, culture, and food that these places provided, and he couldn’t get enough of the pecan pie and mesquite grilled fajitas in Texas. Texans loved the way he pronounced “peecan” sounding like the Midwesterner that he was. He recorded all of these to memory and shared with all of us his thoughtful photography. His hobbies and interests also filtered into his work life. He studied zoology at the University of Wisconsin while working at the Milwaukee County Zoo. He was an excellent zoo guide, giving us insight into the animals’ personalities and habits. He was especially informed about the aviary.


Later in life, he headed west and in a fortunate stroke of serendipity, ended his journey in Pocatello, Idaho. This was a perfect place for Jim to continue the things he wanted to do: photography, wildlife, and hiking. If Jim could communicate with us now, he would probably quote another of his favorite artists, “I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to” (Jimi Hendrix).


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