James Thomas Stevens, 76, of Grants Pass, Ore., passed away Monday, October 14, 2013, at Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Ore., following a brief illness. A mass of Christian burial was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Medford, Ore. October 19, 2013.
Jim was born December 31, 1936, in Great Falls, Mont. to Thomas and Mary (Short) Stevens. At the age of eight, Jim moved with his family to Stanford, Mont. where he graduated from Stanford High School in 1955 with his high school sweetheart, Marsha McInnis. They were married June 1, 1957. Jim began working at the Stanford weekly newspaper when he was 13 years old and continued to work in the printing trade his entire life.
In 1976, Jim and Marsha purchased the House of Printing in Grants Pass, Ore. The printing business was phased out in 1982 and they established All Seasons Athletic Publications, providing high school sport program books and posters throughout southern Oregon. Jim thoroughly enjoyed traveling throughout Oregon selling advertising and developed close relationships with many of his advertisers.
Jim had a great passion for all sports and especially enjoyed watching his children play a variety of sports throughout the years. His love for baseball also included coaching his sons when they were young. He was the number one fan for his youngest son who played basketball in college and was able to follow his son's career as a college basketball coach after graduation. In addition, he enjoyed attending the activities of his grandchildren, watching his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers, playing golf, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, Marsha Stevens, he is survived by his children, Marcie Ingledue of Salem, Ore., Renee (Ed) Fisher of Medford, Ore., Trever (Lisa) Stevens of Grants Pass, Ore., Jamie (Sarah) Stevens of Billings, Mont., honorary son, Super Dave Huddleston of Grants Pass, Ore., honorary daughter, Sue (Eric) Weinmeister, of Wendell, Idaho; sister, Shirley Conn of Great Falls, Mont.; eleven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Stevens; mother, Mary Oakes; sister, Myra Ann Miner; and parents-in-law, Joseph and Martha McInnis.
Following the birth of his grandson with Down syndrome in 1991, Jim was an active supporter and volunteer for The Arc. Donations may be made in Jim's memory to The Arc Oregon, 2405 Front Street NE, Suite 120, Salem, OR 97301.