Jim was born on December 18, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Herman and Evelyn Moorhouse.
Jim had his early education in Minneapolis. He loved going and spending part of his summers with his Aunt Minnie on the farm in Grove Lake, Minnesota near Glenwood.
Jim joined the Marines during the Korean War. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California for boot camp and was called home when his father passed away. While home for his father’s funeral, his company was deployed to Korea. So, he was never sent to Korea. Instead, Jim spent the rest of his military time teaching other Marines how to use heavy equipment.
Jim met Carol Mabel Bartels in the fall of 1955, and they were married on July 28, 1956, in Chaska, Minnesota. Jim worked for Bostitch as a sales associate at that time. Jim and Carol had 3 children, Pamela, James, and Greg. They lived on Minnihaha Ave in Minneapolis for a time, in a duplex that Jim inherited, then moved to St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Jim was then transferred within Bostitch to northern Minnesota, and they bought a lake house on Upper Hay Lake in Pequot Lakes.
He then was transferred to Salt Lake City, Utah with Bostitch Intermountain. The family was there for a couple of years before being transferred to Boise, Idaho where he finished his career with Bostitch.
He loved being in Idaho. He was an avid fisherman and became a member of the Idaho White Water Association from the very beginning, even holding board positions. He loved going along on jet boating trips on the Salmon River. He was the chief Chef on those trips and the men loved his cooking. He was Jet Boater of the year one year, even though he never owned a jet boat.
He loved being an Optimist Football Coach and coaching Greg’s team.
He loved his garden and always had lots of tomatoes and potatoes every year.
He is survived by his wife Carol Moorhouse, his daughter Pamela Sawyer (Steve), and son Greg Moorhouse (Kay Lynn), his Grandchildren, Holly Fairchild (Robbie), Jennifer Sawyer, Bradley Moorhouse (Amanda) and Shawn Moorhouse (Katy), Great Grandchildren, Caitlin Moorhouse, Jadyn McCane, Ethan McCane, and Soren Moorhouse. He was proceeded in death by his son, James K. Moorhouse.
He will be interned in the Boise Veterans Cemetery.