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Jim Christian

November 14, 2013

James “Jim” 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 atÂŹtended school through the eighth grade. When Jim was 13, his family moved to Colville, where he finished his education and graduÂŹated 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 deployÂŹments at sea, Jim visited many ports and places, including San Diego, Hawaii, San Francisco, Guam, PhilippiÂŹnes, Australia, Alaska and Japan. He was stationed in Hawaii. He enjoyed the opportunity to travel while serving his country.
While sta¬tioned in San Diego, Jim married Tisha Ashpole, but the marriage ended in divorce. He was honorably dis¬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. Jim’s 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 Alzheimer’s 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. Jim’s fight with Alzheimer’s 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 offerÂŹing a helping hand to others. Jim will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit, wonderful smile and great sense of huÂŹmor.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Christian; brother, Will Christian; grandma, Marilyn Christian; grandfaÂŹthers, 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, AlÂŹberta, Canada; Linda Terry, Colville; DiÂŹane Whitaker and her husband, Les, Oklahoma City, OK; unÂŹcles, Dee Terry and wife Robbie, Colville; Dale Terry and wife Fran, Colville; Larry Christian, Spokane; and numerous cousins and extended famÂŹily.
At Jim’s 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.

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