September 8, 2010
A Tribute to Walkin’ Jim Stoltz
Legendary American Folksinger and Wilderness Traveler
“Walkin’ Jim” Stoltz Returns to Earth
Adapted by Shaaron Netherton
Legendary American folksinger and wilderness traveler
“Walkin’ Jim” Stoltz passed Friday night, September 3, 2010, in
Reno radio personality and long-time Walkin’ Jim fan,
Don “Dondo” Darue will present a tribute to Wallkin’ Jim on his
Risky Biscuit Hayseed Hoot program.
where: 88.7 FM KUNR, Reno Public Radio
when: 11 AM to 1 PM, Saturday, September 11.
You can listen to a live stream
of the show on your computer. If that link does not work, please go to
http://www.kunr.org and click the
“Listen Now” button while the program is live on-air.
Walkin' Jim takes a song-writing breather on his 2009 trek of Wild Nevada.
No stranger to Nevada, Jim’s last long trek included
walking 500 miles through eastern Nevada’s wilderness lands in the summer of
2009, and he returned to tell stories and sing about his adventures at a Reno
“Forever Wild” concert on April 17, 2010. Jim loved the
responsiveness of the Reno audience and told me later it was a high point of his
Jim cared deeply for kids and getting them excited about wild
places. My daughter grew up listening to his “A Kid for the Wild” cassette.
He routinely did workshops in Nevada schools. A warm, caring man, Jim had a wonderful
sparkle in his eyes when he told his stories and a warm hug that conveyed the goodness
in his soul. Nevada’s wildlands and people have lost a true friend.
Walkin’ Jim hiked more than 28,000 miles
through America’s wild country carrying his guitar and letting Mother Nature
inspire him with extraordinary tunes, lyrics, poems, paintings and photographs. He
shared his love for wild earth with 35 years of performing and engaging audiences
of all ages.
Along the way Jim created nine incredible CDs, a DVD, a book and
co-founded Musicians United to Sustain the Environment (MUSE).
For those of you who never had the chance to know or see
Walkin’ Jim in person, I strongly encourage you to listen to the messages of
hope and passion he left us in his music. Let’s keep his memory and vision alive.
visit his website
to find out more about the man, his music and his gift to the world. I am finding comfort
listening to my stack of Jim’s CDs, alternatively laughing, crying and, more
importantly, finding the resolve to do more for the wild.
You may also send private condolences to Walkin’ Jim’s family and sign Walkin’ Jim’s guest book through the funeral home’s website.
To converse and share stories with Walkin' Jim Stoltz's friends, family, and fans, go to:
this Facebook page.
Walkin' Jim cresting somewhere on the wild trail.
Jim’s Health Complications and Resultant Medical Expenses
Walkin’ Jim had a successful kidney transplant in 2004.
Three years later, Jim learned that he had cancer in his throat, and he underwent
surgery and treatment.
In the summers of 2008 and 2009, with his characteristic
indomitability, Walkin’ Jim underwent his own prescribed “Wilderness
Therapy” and walked nearly 1,000 miles through the mountains of Idaho, Montana
and Nevada. After he returned from his spring 2010 concert tour, doctors found that
his cancer had spread.
Jim’s bills for hospitals, doctors, tests, high-cost
medicines, and medical-related travel grew exponentially. He asked for help
from the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF), because NTAF provides both
tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability. Contributors are assured that all
donated funds will be used only to pay or reimburse Jim’s medically-related
You can make a tax-deductible contribution, directly to Walkin’ Jim’s health care fund.
Our thoughts go out to all of Jim’s extensive network
of friends and family at his memorial service in Helena, MT on September 8th. We bid
you a loving farewell Jim and hope that you are enjoying wandering the spirit trails
of the wilds. We can’t wait to hear your songs in the wind.
Here is Walkin’ Jim’s classic Nevada tune:
Nevada Walkin’ Song for your enjoyment. The complete lyrics follow:
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