C. J. "Jiggs" Bartholomew
May 21, 2012
Bartholomew, 86, a life-long resident of Gooding, Idaho, died on Saturday,
May 19, 2012 at Oak Creek Rehabilitation Center in Kimberly, after a short
Clifford was born in Iliff, Colorado on November 17, 1925 to Mike and
Maude Bartholomew. The family moved to Jerome in 1927, where Jiggs attended
schools in Shoshone and Dietrich.
In 1942 Jiggs was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds organization at the age
of 17 as a southpaw pitcher. He left baseball to serve as an army medic
in Camp Barkley, Texas and Staten Island, New York. After his discharge
from the army he returned to baseball and married Mary “Eileen”
Porterfield in Columbia, South Carolina in 1947.
He held a variety of jobs throughout his life: was a member of the Nampa
Police Department, truck driver for Wycoff out of Salt Lake City, Utah,
owned Jiggs Conoco Station for many years on Main Street and worked as
a foreman on the 101 Ranch in King Hill.
Jiggs finished his working career at the State School for the Deaf and
Blind when he retired at the age of 62.
Jiggs was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, camping and family outings
with his constant companion and best friend Eileen by his side. From a
week in the Smokey Mountains to an evening drive – just to take
in the scenic sites and treasures of the Idaho he loved so much. He fished
all over the state with many fishing holes named after family members.
He always had a smile on his face and his hand raised high to say “hello”.
With 5 granddaughters his time fishing on his own pole was limited, but
he had 5 girls that to this day love to fish.
Jiggs is survived by his wife of 65 years – Eileen; his three children,
Connie Bell of Culver City, California, Monty Bartholomew of Gooding and
Crystal Foss (Doug) of Wendell; 5 Granddaughters, Nikki Bell, Summer Foss,
Joy Bell, Sharona Foss and Amber Foss; 8 great grandchildren and numerous
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Maude Bartholomew; brother
Lesley Bartholomew; and 2 sisters Betty Adamson and Effie Fisher.
A memorial graveside service will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, May 24,
2012 at Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding.
Arrangements are under the direction of Demaray Funeral Service –