Jim Cover was born in Orange, New Jersey, to Patricia and Gerald Cover. He grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts as the son of an Episcopalian priest. This didn’t seem to stop him from getting into mischief, however, according to his many stories.
In 1973, the family moved to Powell, when Gerald was hired to oversee a parish there. Jim embraced everything about Wyoming; he loved horseback riding, camping, fishing, off-roading, motorcycle riding and hunting.
In 1975, he married Delores Montgomery and later that year had their only child, Christine (Christie). He worked numerous jobs in and around Powell, including being a farm hand for his in-laws, working for the irrigation district, as a roofer, and finally, his longest job was driving a cement mixer for Powell Ready-Mix.
After he and Delores divorced around 1995, Jim decided to move to Colorado to be closer to Christie and his sister Lin. Jim continued to work as a cement truck driver for several companies in the Denver area. In 2013, he relocated to Colorado Springs to be even closer to Christie in his retirement.
He enjoyed being retired with his cats and loved being able to feed his hummingbirds. He enjoyed lunches with Christie and visits from longtime friends, John and Les, Dave and Susie, and Cindy, among others. He was a habitual story teller, and loved to talk about all his adventures to anyone who would listen.
Jim was a good guy; often called “Mr. Fix-it,” he had many carpentry and mechanical skills. He was often found helping friends with various projects. He loved music and enjoyed going to several festivals in Lyons and Telluride.
His health began to decline in the last five or six years and ultimately he passed at home in July 2023.
His only request was to have his ashes spread in the Sunlight Basin. He truly loved his time in Wyoming and wanted to rest there for eternity.