James Irvin Mead

With Blue Skies and a bright sunny day of Oct. 24, 2008, in his small country home, James Irvin Mead passed away peacefully with his wife and children by his side.

Born June 11, 1934, in Rose Lake, Idaho, he served in the Army National Guard, and April 22, 1967, he married his beautiful wife and best friend, Marjorie Caroline Dane, of Lowell, Mass., in Baldwin Park, Calif.

In 1972, they moved to Eagle Point, Ore., where they raised their four children and shared a quality of life of the outdoors. Jim was a hands-on "Jack-of-all-trades" hard working man with a strong work ethic. He was a certified welder in California and Oregon. He was employed as a millwright by Kogap Manufacturing. After retiring, he contracted work welding on projects such as the R.V. Mall, and owned his own tractor landscaping business. Not one to sit around, he then entered a new career of long haul trucking where he was an Owner Operator of J.I. Mead Trucking Inc., and he was able to experience and share sights throughout the U.S. and Canada, a lot of the time with his wife by his side.

He was an outdoorsman and dedicated family man who enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping, and spending time with his family. He and his family shared many memories on the Oregon Coast fishing for salmon out of Brookings Harbor. Hobbies included many hours of fabricating projects in his shop such as trailers, porch swings, and woodworking, and he loved to scout for firewood and tinker with his log splitter. He spent time working with the Oregon State Police Volunteer Program as well as Fish and Wildlife trapping deer and participated with his wife and son helping work the Special Olympics Track and Field Meet. He enjoyed being with his family on the Colville Indian Reservation in Disatel, Wash. He was also a diehard and dedicated Seahawk fan and one of his many highlights was being able to go to the Old Kingdome Seahawk Stadium and watch a home game.

James is survived by his wife, Marjorie Mead; son, Donnie Satterly, son, Scott Mead and daughter, Dina Ehlers, of Eagle Point, Ore., and son, Joseph J. Mead, of Medford, Ore., daughters, Felena Day, Jean Harding, Kelly Mead, and Julie Shepard of Wash.; sister, Nora Winter, of Hermiston, Ore.; numerous, grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and many loving friends and faithful dog, Peaches. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Rita Mead; son, James Jr.; sisters, Ruth Curtis, Florence Zacherle; brother, Frank Mead; grandchildren, Brandi, Courtney and Andrew Mead; and longtime buddy, Denver Perkins, of Eagle Point.

A memorial will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at Butte Creek Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Following the memorial, a celebration of life will be held at James's son, Joe Mead's house in Medford. For more information, please call 857-2742. Please dress casual, and remember,

GO SEAHAWKS!

Beloved father, grandfather, uncle and friend,

you will be missed by all.