James Arthur Yturri, known to friends and family as “Art,” passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on November 30, 2017 at Peace Hospice in Great Falls.
Art was born on February 5, 1933 in Boise, Idaho. Unfortunately, Art’s mother died as a single parent from tuberculosis when Art was only 7 years old.
During the following two years, Art and his two brothers were raised by his aunt, Peggy and his maternal grandmother, or “Granny,” as he affectionately called her.
Art and his energetic brothers proved to be too much for Granny to handle; therefore, while in the third grade, Art and his brothers were moved to an orphanage named Briscoe Memorial School in Kent, Washington.
Art did not have the most pleasant memories of his experience at Briscoe and remembered how he and his brothers ran away from the orphanage on multiple occasions.
He recalled that on one occasion, he and his brothers were able to escape Briscoe and navigate the 18 miles to downtown Seattle, but were returned to the orphanage after being found asleep on a bench at the Seattle Greyhound Bus Station.
Art graduated from John Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington in 1950. While at John Rogers, he worked full time at a truck tire shop.
This job was often the chief means of financial support for his family at that time, which included his aunt and uncle.
In fact, Art nearly dropped out of high school during his junior year, as there didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to work more than 50 hours each week and attend high school.
After graduating from high school, Art was drafted into the U.S. Army, and for most of the next two years served in the military police department at Kaufburn, Germany.
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