Friday, May 24, 2024

Robert Torvel Jamison


Robert Torvel Jamison

January 18, 1948 – September 21, 2022

Robert “Bob” Torvel Jamison (nee Buttcane) died in his sleep on September 21, 2022, at 74 years of age, in Walla Walla, WA.

Bob was born on January 18, 1948, to Torvel Buttcane and Grace Jamison of Idaho Falls, Idaho.  He was known as a mischievous prankster while attending Idaho Falls High School and graduated in 1966. That same year he married his high-school sweetheart, Lisa Strand, had his first child, Barbara, and enrolled in Rick’s College in Rexburg, Idaho. In Rexburg, he also opened a pizza parlor with his police-officer friend, and had his second child, Brad. He then moved to Pocatello, Idaho, to attend the police academy. He worked as a LEO for several years. He would later work for GMC, at a bank, as a skating rink owner, as a restaurant owner, as a manager for Rent-A-Center, at a ski resort, and finally, as a full-time artist and the proud owner of Jamison Art Studio in Leavenworth, WA.

Bob was always a hard worker and responsible manager of his household. He also loved to stay active. He owned a boat and was an avid water skier and parasailer. He loved to go on hikes.  In the winters he often worked at Stevens Pass so he could acquire free lift tickets. He taught his children how to do these things as well, in addition to snowmobiling and bowling.

Bob was always an artist. He loved owning sports cars and antique cars and would paint them with beautiful colors and fancy designs. His favorite cars were his Corvette, his Model A, his DeLorean, his Mustang Fastback, his Trans Am and his 1923 T-bucket.  He started oil painting with his mother as a boy and never stopped, a talent that enabled him to eventually earn a living from his artwork.

He also spent time residing in Twin Falls, Idaho; Kennewick, WA, Wenatchee, WA; and Port Ludlow, WA. He was a long-time member of the Port Ludlow Art League.

Leavenworth, WA, was his favorite place to live; there he was part of a dynamic, close-knit community of artists and business owners. In the spring of this year, he finally retired from his shop and moved in with his son in Walla Walla, WA.

He is survived by his half-brother, Bud Brown, his sister, Vicky Riggs; his children: Brad Bennett and his wife, Audrey, Barbara Kelly, and Dawn Marie Billado; and his grandchildren, Miriam Bennett, Bethany Bennett, Nathanael Bennett, Caitlyn LaRue, Carter Halfhide, Megan Halfhide, Alexandra Halfhide, Jacob Halfhide, Anastasia Larison, and many nieces and nephews.