He was born in Oklahoma on January 18, 1925 to Gilbert and Marjorie Bush. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Jeanette, and his brother Gilbert Bush. He is survived by the love of his life, Mary Lou Bush, his children, Jeanette Bush Keyes and her husband, Ray; Pamela Bush Woods, and her husband, Bill; Sharon Lopez, Dan Bush, and his wife, Donna; Connie Sala, Sandy Bush Vogelman, and her husband, Ted; Rena Bush Florez. He is also survived by his brother and best friend, Bob Bush. Additionally, he was proud of his 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Jim was deeply proud of his country, the American Flag and all that it stood for. He served in the US Navy during World War II aboard the Destroyer Escort, USS Loy in the Atlantic and on the USS French in the Pacific. He was honorably discharged as an Electrician's Mate 1st Class in 1945.
Following his military service, Jim worked at Tri-County Electrical Wholesalers in San Bernardino, California and was instrumental in building a successful company in which he became a partner. The company was sold to CED, where he took on additional responsibilities overseeing stores in the western United States until his retirement.
After a visit to Teton Valley, Jim and Mary Lou fell in love with the area. They became a part of the community 30 years ago. He always said that the Valley had the same zip code as Heaven and that was where he wanted to be. Jim and Mary Lou appreciated the many friendships they developed and they made many contributions to the community.
The family would like to thank Dr. Chad Horrocks and the Teton Valley Hospital for their wonderful care of Jim. He believed in the importance of the Valley having a hospital and worked toward that end.
Funeral Services were held at Valley Mortuary in Driggs, Idaho on October 22, 2011, and burial followed at Cache Clawson Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Teton Valley Hospital, 120 East Howard Ave., Driggs, Idaho 83422.