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Jim J. Whistler passed away Nov. 7, 2010, in Mesa, Ariz.
Jim was born June 1, 1932, in Oroville, Wash., the son of Leo and Alene Whistler. He and his family lived in Seattle and Sultan, Wash. before moving to Alaska in 1948.
Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 17. Jim then became the captain of the M/V Watres for the U.S. Geological Survey and then went on to serve as a captain for the NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, retiring in 1987 after 30 years. In July 2000, Jim and his wife traveled for three years before deciding Mesa was to be their new home.
Jim is survived by his wife Phoebe, his brother Bob Whistler and wife Fran, his children Jeannie Jensen and David Whistler, his stepchildren Toni Hoffman, Ron Jones, Kathy Carson, Brian Jones, Terry Jones and Greg Jones and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Leo and Alene, his sister Donna Ellis and his daughter Susan.