Claremore Daily Progress


April 11, 2014

James “Jimmy” Doolittle

CLAREMORE — Memorial service  for James “Jimmy”  Doolittle will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Chelsea High School Gymnasium.

 James passed away Monday, April 8, 2014 at the age of 35.

 The son of Joe Doolittle and Judy Axley Robertson  was born January 15, 1979 in Bad Hersfeld, West Germany.  Being a son of an Army soldier, James traveled quite a bit during his childhood.

As he approached high school age, he settled in Chelsea. There he attended Chelsea High School.   

Upon finishing school James began working as a cable tv installer. He did this until joining the United States Air Force in 2001.   

During his military career he served two tours during Operation Enduring Freedom, supporting the efforts in Afghanistan. Upon his discharge he returned home to Chelsea. Wanting to continue his education he worked part time for Duke Ranch and for Phillips Feed while attending Spartan School of Aeronautics.

There he graduated with honors and also was the salutatorian.

He actually made such an impression on the school that upon graduation  he was asked to serve on their board. One of his first duties was to rewrite the quality control curriculum.  The next few years after graduation took James to Advance Machining & Fabricating, and then back to Spartan, where he became an instructor. However his lifelong dream was to make a living working in the outdoor wildlife market.  

This dream was reached just a short time ago with the opening of Toxic Fishing, which is a custom rod shop. In his spare time James of course loved being in the outdoors.

You could find him hunting, fishing, or coaching little league baseball. With all of his activities; however, he still found time to watch the Oklahoma Sooners, and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents L.W. “Pete” and Geneva Doolittle, and Arthur Axley.

 Survivors include his son, Waylon, parents, Joe  Doolittle and Judy Robertson; grandmother, Armintie Axley, brothers, Steven Doolittle and Daniel Robertson, and sisters, Stacy Doolittle and Brittany Robertson and as James would say his brother from another mother Derek Miller as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A scholarship fund for James’ son Waylon will be established at Lakeside State Bank at  P.O. Box 9 Chelsea, Ok 74016.

 View and sign James’s online memorial at

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