James McTie, 75, of Blaine, died March 1, 2023. He was born August 2, 1947, in St. Paul to Lois and James McTie Sr.

James graduated from Murray High School in 1965, where he played hockey, football (called by a St. Paul newspaper journalist “Golden-Toed” McTie for a winning field goal kick) and baseball.

Football and hockey continued after high school at collegiate and semi-pro levels for James, along with racing twice in the International 500 cross-country snowmobile race and participating on the racing crew of a friend as they traveled to races locally and to neighboring states.

James attended Bemidji State, but then the U.S. Army called him and he served as a Pershing missile instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

How Jim loved the outdoors! If it involved being outside, he did that sport. Except ice fishing. No ice fishing ever. He loved fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, golfing, waterskiing, hockey and even just sitting outside to watch nature.

In 1998 Jim married Kathy Quinn Amato and they moved around to several states as her job required. Upon her retirement, they moved back to Jim’s beloved Minnesota.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, his brother Mark and his sister Kathleen. He is survived by his wife Kathy, son James P. McTie III, sister Mary and brother Pete.

A funeral service was held, with interment at Fort Snelling.

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