James Albert Bracken, 78, died Feb. 13 at Blue Mountain Nursing Home in Prairie City.

James was born on Oct. 28, 1934, in Rock Springs, Wyo. to William and Ruth (Gardener) Bracken. He attended high school in Jackson Hole, Wyo., graduating in 1951. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957, where he ranked as an E-5 and attended the Naval Aeronautical School. He then attended University of Wyoming and graduated in 1959.

He married Judith P. Story in Lakeview on Dec. 19, 1964. He worked as a project engineer for the U.S. Forest Service and retired in 1985.  James enjoyed hunting, fishing, gunsmithing, reading and traveling.

James is survived by his wife, Judith Bracken of Prairie City; daughter, Angie Hughes of Mountain Home, Idaho; and grandsons, Colton Schulze of Fort Campbell, Ky., and Sawyer Schulze of Boise, Idaho.

A memorial graveside service was held Feb. 16 at Prairie City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Prairie City American Legion, John Day Elks Lodge or Pulmonary Fibrosis Research through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845

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