Funeral Mass for former Basin resident James David “Jim” Mockler were held Dec. 3 at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Helena, Mont. Jim, 75, died Nov. 24, in Helena.
He was born March 9, 1939, in Lander, the son of Frank Carpenter and Esther Heyne Mockler. The Mocklers were cattle ranchers in the mountains of Dubois. Jim was one of five graduates of the Dubois High School Class of 1957.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal production from the University of Wyoming in 1961.
He married Colleen Ann Williams of Sheridan in 1962.
Jim and Colleen and his brother and sister-in-law, Franklin and Nancy Mockler, purchased the family-owned ranch. They sold the ranch in 1966 and the Mocklers moved to the Basin/Greybull area where they purchased, then leased, sugar beef farms.
After getting his broker’s license, Jim owned and operated Mockler Land and Realty. During his nine years in the Big Horn Basin, Jim earned his pilot’s license, was a member of the Antelope Butte Ski Patrol in the Big Horn Mountains, and was a lifetime member of BPOE 1431. He served two terms in the Wyoming House of Representatives.
In 1976, the Mocklers moved to Helena where he held the position of executive director of the Montana Coal Council until his retirement in 2005.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Esther; his sister Helen Esther; his brother Franklin H. Mockler and his sister-in-law, Nancy Fisher Mockler.
He is survived by his wife Colleen; his son and daughter-in-law, Richard Williams Mockler and Gini Galvin Lawson of Kihei, Hawaii; son Charles Ray Bratches Mockler; his daughter and son-in-law, Lana Mockler Rowley and Martin F. Rowley of Malin, Ore.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ann E. Stephens of Tucson, Ariz., and William H. and Carolyn M. Budd of Big Piney; step-children Hillary Cramer Ogg and Sean and Connor Lawson and two grandchildren.