Tim Hamilton of Kuna passed away at home on Tuesday, June 26th following a two and a half year battle against Liposarcoma cancer.
He was born in Fresno, CA on December 9, 1954 to Roy and Shirley Hamilton. He joined his older sister Linda, who had been born 364 days earlier. He always looked forward to his birthday so that he could give her a hard time that they were the same age, at least for one day. He graduated from Central High School in 1973. He entered the Air Force on April 1, 1974 and separated on March 31, 1980. He was an air traffic controller and was based in Lakenheath, England and Castle Air Force Base, CA.
After getting out of the Air Force, he moved to Aurora, CO for new opportunities. It was there that he met his wife, Julie and they were married on March 9, 1985. His career included many customer service positions which started with the restaurant industry from being a bar tender, food server, restaurant manager to owning one of the “Original Hamburger Stands” in Denver, CO. He always loved aviation and was able to get his airline mechanic certification which took the family back to Fresno for about 5 years to work for West Air/United Airlines. After a work related injury, he got into the mortgage business which took them to Idaho. With the housing downfall in 2008 he spent time working customer service positions in the banking industry. In 2014 he was able to land a job with the forestry service in Chiloquin, OR followed with his dream job working the front desk for the Bureau of Land Management in Medford, OR. He loved helping people understand the many maps, hiking trails, and camping locations that were part of the great outdoors.
Tim loved, hunting, fishing, and had a great respect of firearms. He had many great memories of hunting and fishing adventures.He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Julie, two daughters, Amber Hamilton (Zach Olds) and Ashley Hamilton (Shawn Bonde). He took great pride in his two grandchildren, Lane Olds and Lily Bonde.
Julie wishes to thank St. Luke’s Hospice for the care they gave Tim during his final few weeks.