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Jim Geranios, whose music got people dancing for decades in Montana and other states, has died at the age of 61 at home on Saturday, October 14, 2023. The Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2023 at Croxford Funeral Home. His Funeral Service will be Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Great Falls, followed by burial at Highland Cemetery. A Reception in the church hall will follow thereafter. A separate Celebration of Life and jam session with a potluck will be held that same night at 6 pm inside the Flamingo Lounge in Great Falls.
Geranios, who was born in Athens, Greece, and was only a few months old when his family sought greater opportunity by moving to Great Falls in 1962. Starting at the age of 14, Jim played in bands across Montana, honing his guitar and singing skills. He attended local schools and graduated from Great Falls High School. He attended Montana State University and other colleges for a time. He got married and worked a variety of jobs in Montana and North Dakota, still playing music on the side. He lived for a time in the music capital of Nashville, Tennessee, where he delivered packages for FedEx during the day and played music at night.
His first marriage ended and he later met the love of his life Rebecca. They married in 1995 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He became stepfather to her children from a previous marriage and the couple also had a daughter, Karina. The family lived in Great Falls, Las Vegas, Havre, and Saint George, Utah. The marriage eventually ended, but Jim and Becky remained close.
Jim worked as a driver for FedEx for 25 years, including a decade in Boise, Idaho. He recently retired to Great Falls and plunged right back into the Montana music scene.
Jim loved country music, especially Vince Gill. He played in bands as both bass and lead guitar and sang vocals/harmonies for many bands including: Milk River Band, Becca and the Blue Country, The Rockits, Little Kicker Band, The Nightlife (the house band at the Flaming Lounge), Sheriff Willie Brown, Rick Sparks Band, The Runaway, Rock Solid Country, The Renegades, the Jason Eli Band, among countless others.
Jim was charismatic, friendly and kind. He would strike up a conversation with everyone and make you feel special. He loved to mentor other musicians. He often was in the backup band for the Country Show-Down and willingly helped the contestants be their best.
Jim is survived by Karina and by a granddaughter named Isla. He also is survived by stepchildren Charlie, Chris and Chad Clark, and Candice, Cheri and Caitlin Clark. He is also survived by his brothers Nick and George Geranios, and sisters Sula Mulligan and Stasi Seeman, and their families.
His parents Constantinos (“Gust”) and Dionisia Geranios preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers please feel free to donate to one of the following charities that would benefit his granddaughter Isla’s condition. National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation: https://nucdf.org/. Connecting Families UCD Foundation: https://ucdfamily.org/.