Jim Witty was born March 11, 1958 in southern California. He graduated from Hemet High School in 1976 and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1982 at Cal Poly state university in San Luis Obispo.
Always opting for smaller town life, Jim lived in places like Hemet, Corning and Fortuna, CA, Hilo, HI, and Longview, WA before settling down in Bend, OR. His journalism career spanned more than 20 years. In 1999 he joined The Bulletin as an environmental and natural resources reporter and began covering the outdoor recreation section (Outings) in 2000.
Jim was an avid outdoors man. He loved hiking, biking, fishing and being out in the middle of nowhere with nothing but the coyotes or his dog Henry. OK, maybe a guitar.
Jim was a kind soul, outgoing and forever optimistic. He always had a big grin on his face and a booming laugh. And he never had anything bad to say about anyone or any thing... except those damn cows that loitered by the streams.
He was also a lover of music. He played guitar and sang with a passion. He had an eclectic taste, everything from David Bowie to Willie Nelson.
Foremost, he was a loving father, grandfather, husband and friend. He is survived by his wife, Lori Witty of Bend; two sons, Keven Witty of Bend and Danny Witty of Pasco, Wash.; one stepdaughter, Kelly Haluska of Bend; one granddaughter, Alexis Witty of Bend; his mother, Edna Witty of Redmond, Ore.; a brother, John Witty of Redmond; and a sister, Deedee Sihvonen, of Park City, Utah..
You can visit an online memorial at tribute.perfectmemorials.com/jim-witty