James P Minthorn

Died: Fri., Mar. 16, 2018

Dressing Ceremony

1:00 PM Mon., Mar. 19, 2018
Location: Burns Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary

6:00 PM Mon., Mar. 19, 2018
Location: Agency Longhouse

Washat Services

7:00 PM Mon., Mar. 19, 2018
Location: Agency Longhouse

Final Seven

7:00 AM Tue., Mar. 20, 2018
Location: Agency Longhouse

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries


James Minthorn



James Phillip Minthorn 31, a lifelong resident of Mission, OR, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, WA.


James was born on June 27, 1986 to Armand Minthorn and Marjorie Williams Waheneka in Pendleton, Oregon. His Indian name is Ip-suh-nee-was-kin, a family name passed down from one of the original signors of the Nez Perce Treaty of 1863. He attended Pendleton High School and later went on to become a Certified Welder. He also was a student in the Upward Bound program at the Univ. of Idaho for two years.


James was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He worked in a variety of positions with the CTUIR Dept. of Natural Resources Walla Walla basin project, DNR Range Program, Public Works, Day Laborer, Housing Department, Wildhorse Casino Resort, including construction of the tower hotel expansion project. For the last several years he also volunteered his time helping set up bleachers and shades for the annual Wildhorse powwow. He loved his homelands, loved taking cruises upriver and to the mountains and knew every backroad. He loved spending time with his friends and family. He was always kind, had a big smile and greeted everyone with a handshake, and never departed without giving multiple hugs.  


He is survived by parents Armand Minthorn and Marjorie Williams Waheneka, sister Trinette Nowland (Jess), brother Robinson Wilkins, nieces Cyrene Red Elk and Latis Nowland, nephews Hiyuum Nowland, McKinley and Tumayis Minthorn, grandniece Kinsley Mae, uncles Craig Alexander, Phillip Cash Cash and Kenton Minthorn, aunts Elaine Miles and Shana Alexander, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from the Umatilla, Nez Perce, Yakama, Warm Springs, Ft. Hall and Blackfeet tribes.   


He is preceded in death by paternal grandparents Loretta Pinkham Alexander and Phillip Minthorn, maternal grandparents James J. and Armenia Miles, Grant and Emily Waheneka, and brother Alexius McKinley Williams Minthorn.

  View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Vicki/ Cheryl Stillman
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
Armand and Marge, sending prayers and our deepest sympathy to you, and your family🙏.

Nick Tinhof
   Posted Tue March 20, 2018
I attended school with james from grade school on. No matter how long it had been since we last seen each other he would always make sure and speak with me and always leave with a big hug. I was unable to addend services but would like to offer my condolences.

James and Viola Stone
   Posted Tue March 20, 2018
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Kathleen Peterson
   Posted Tue March 20, 2018
My sincerest heartfelt condolences Armand and Marjie. I love you both so very much. I am always here if you need to talk.

Dudley Beck
   Posted Tue March 20, 2018
My heart goes out to you. I can’t imagine losing a child. Sending my love.

Yearout and McFarland family (Lapwai)
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
Our sympathy to our relatives during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Leslie Waters Randall (Lapwai)
   Posted Wed March 21, 2018
Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. Prayers for his journey and for your loss. It is always hard to lose a child. Much love to all the family. Randall Family

Tina & James Redheart
   Posted Thu March 22, 2018
We Love You, all. Our Condolences to Marjorie and Armand, all families, and all friends near and far. So Sorry Sis Marj. and Bro. Armand for the loss of your son. To hear and read about your son he is loved and will be missed. And when you write your letters to me, Marj. You wrote with much Pride and Love, of your son. May GOD BLESSS YOU, ALL..LOVE & PRAYERS to all.

Copyright © 2020 Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. All Rights Reserved.    | Website by CFS |