A memorial service for James Joseph Stafford of Otto will be held today (Thursday, Dec. 19) at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Basin. James, 48, died Dec. 14 at South Big Horn County Critical Access Hospital.
He was born March 25, 1965, in Hayward, Calif., the son of James John and Sondra Lee Chivers Stafford. James had a thirst for knowledge and obtained his master’s degree in international relations from Troy State University.
He enrolled in the U.S. Navy as an aviation officer. He served in Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and to a Presidential recall for service to the United Nations.
He married LeAnn Sullivan on Oct. 15, 1998, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
James came to the Big Horn Basin in 2000 to fly for Hawkins and Powers Aviation. He had served as a med-evac helicopter pilot for many years.
James was a very loving father and son and will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by infant siblings Michelle and David.
He is survived by his wife LeAnn Sullivan Stafford; his daughter, Sara Katherine Stafford, of Otto; his parents, Jim and Sondra Stafford, also of Otto, and one brother, Charles Edward Crozier of Ray, N.D.
Memorials in James’ name can be made to a local animal shelter.