James Dee "Jim" Caumiant, of Reno, Nev., died Dec. 7, 2002, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno. He was 70.
He was born Jan. 28, 1932, in Mount Harris, Colo., to Margaret May (Lonsdale) and August Caumiant. He married Norma Jean Thornton in Colorado in March of 1953.
Caumiant moved his family to Nevada in 1964. He moved around the state of Nevada doing road construction for many years and settled permanently in Reno 1979.
He was a member of the Ben Franklin Masonic Lodge in Sparks, Nev., and was grandmaster in 1988. He was in the Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954.
Caumiant was an honorary member of the Operating Engineers Union, Local 3 for 37 years. He was a very active union member. He retired in 1993 and continued to be very active. He served as executive board member, grievance board member, election committee member and most recently as lobbyist for Local 3 at the state legislature.
As an executive board member, he was instrumental in the development of the "Headquarters" in Alameda, Calif., were a dedication plaque bearing his name is located.
Caumiant loved hunting, fishing, camping, and traveling in his RV. Most of all, his family and friends were of the utmost importance to him.
Genealogy was another of his loves. He has been tracing family genealogy for the past 15 years and has traced some of his relatives back to the 1500s with the help of the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City, where he spent many happy days and weeks browsing.
Caumiant is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Norma Jean; children, Jim (Lisa) Caumiant, of Orovada, Nev., June (Dave) Sexton, of Winnemucca, Nev., and Julie Caumiant, of Winnemucca; grandchildren, Stash and D.J. Sexton, Dustin, Cody and Jami Caumiant; sisters, Naomi Zulian and Betty Walker, both of Grand Junction, Colo.; brothers, George Tomoff of Kingman, Ariz., and John Tomoff, of Colorado; sister-in-law, Lorraine Hancock of Spokane, Wash., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, with a reception following at the Wadsworth Masonic Lodge.
Cremation was performed under the direction of John Sparks Memorial Society.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sparks Masonic Building Association, P.O. Box 1202, 2425 Pyramid Way, Sparks, NV. 89432.