VANCOUVER, Wash. -- James "Jim" Parsons of Vancouver, Wash., passed away Oct. 16, 2007, at the age of 73, in a multi-vehicle accident during a California dust storm near Mojave, Calif.
Jim was born in McCook, Neb., on Feb. 13, 1934, to Harry and Mollie Parsons. He moved to the Vancouver area in 1977.
He and Marcia were married on Feb. 11, 1973. He worked at Vanalco where he retired from in 1998 as a millwright.
Jim loved to fish, especially with his grandsons, to watch college football and travel, including 10 summers of RVing with granddaughters Megan and Chelsea. He also enjoyed gardening and he walked 5 miles every day for his health. Marcia and Little Shep joined him every other day. He also loved to spend time with family and friends in Vancouver and Quartzsite, Ariz., where he and Marcia had a winter home.
Jim was a member of First United Methodist Church of Vancouver, attending the church family camp on Labor Day weekend and RVing with friends at the coast.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia at the home; daughters Debbie and husband, Mitch Prescott of Redwing, Minn.; and Doreen Parsons of McCook, son, Mike Parsons of McCook; brother, Jack and wife, Ursula Parsons of McCook; step-daughter, Mary R. and husband Jose Franko Gertson of Polson, Mont., step-son, Lindsay and wife, Mary J. Gertson of Vancouver; half-brother, Roger Choate of Texas; two aunts; grandchildren, Megan Gertson of Tigard, Ore., Chelsea Gertson of Vancouver, Mitcheal and Even Prescott of Redwing, Racheal, Abby, Hailey and step-granddaughter, Abigail Parsons of McCook; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service is set for Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Vancouver.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Southwest Washington Humane Society in Jim and "Shep's" name, their toy poodle who also tragically perished in the accident; or to the Salvation Army or the First United Methodist Memorial Fund.
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