James âJimâ D. Christian, a resident of Colville, passed away on Nov. 5, 2013 in Medical Lake at the age of 44. Jim was born on Feb. 15, 1969 in Seattle, the son of Glenn Michael and Diane Marie (Terry) Christian.
Jim spent his early years in Renton, where he atÂ¬tended school through the eighth grade. When Jim was 13, his family moved to Colville, where he finished his education and graduÂ¬ated from Colville High School in 1987.
In January 1988, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served for five years as a storekeeper on submarines. During his six- month deployÂ¬ments at sea, Jim visited many ports and places, including San Diego, Hawaii, San Francisco, Guam, PhilippiÂ¬nes, Australia, Alaska and Japan. He was stationed in Hawaii. He enjoyed the opportunity to travel while serving his country.
While staÂ¬tioned in San Diego, Jim married Tisha Ashpole, but the marriage ended in divorce. He was honorably disÂ¬charged in October 1992 and returned to Colville. Jim then began long-haul trucking throughout the Western United States and into Canada. He relocated to Seattle, where he drove truck for a food delivery company, making trips between the United States and Canada. Jimâs days of driving truck ended when he accepted a job with the Boeing Aircraft Manufacturing Company. He worked for Boeing for a couple of years and then took a position with the Washington State Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.
While working for Washington State, Jim was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimerâs disease and retired into the care of his mother in Colville. He was very familiar with this disease, for it had already claimed the lives of his father and brother. Jimâs fight with Alzheimerâs was difficult and lasted for several years.
He was a very kind man with a great love for animals and people. He enjoyed socializing, working in his yard and offerÂ¬ing a helping hand to others. Jim will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, wonderful smile and great sense of huÂ¬mor.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Christian; brother, Will Christian; grandma, Marilyn Christian; grandfaÂ¬thers, Dee Terry and James Christian, and uncle, Dan Terry.
Jim is survived by his mother, Diane M. Christian, Colville; grandmother, Lois Terry, Colville; aunts, Dea Terry, Spokane Valley; Candy Bergquist and her husband, Don, Hardisty, AlÂ¬berta, Canada; Linda Terry, Colville; DiÂ¬ane Whitaker and her husband, Les, Oklahoma City, OK; unÂ¬cles, Dee Terry and wife Robbie, Colville; Dale Terry and wife Fran, Colville; Larry Christian, Spokane; and numerous cousins and extended famÂ¬ily.
At Jimâs request, no funeral service will be held.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer Association.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements.