Garchow loses leukemia fightDon Day | September 23, 2009
Garchow could easily be called a broadcast pioneer: he helmed KUPI country radio for three decades. He could be called a sports icon: he was the voice of the Idaho Falls Chukars for as long as anyone could remember. He could be called a medical miracle: he was one of the first people ever to receive a heart transplant. You might even call him the world’s oldest high schooler: he did play-by-play for Skyline high school… football and basketball.
Whatever label you hang on Garchow, he’s been a big part of Idaho radio for a long time. He died Sunday of complications of leukemia after a long battle.
Jim got a couple of bonus decades — after a heart attack twenty years ago, he got one of the first heart transplants ever performed.
He kept going right until the end. He called the Cukars game on September 7th – 13 days before his death. He had the longest affiliation with any minor league baseball team in the country, according to KIFI.
One of his daughters talked to KIFI Local News 8: