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James Alexander Greer

1937 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
James Alexander Greer Obituary
James Alexander Greer

James (Jim) Greer born on August 10, 1937 in Seattle, passed away peacefully on January 16th surrounded by his family. He fought a courageous battle with health issues the past several years. He was the son of Charles Greer and Anne Barkley of Seattle. Jim is survived by his loving wife Geri of 37 years. He is survived by his son Jeff (Marissa) of Issaquah and Greg (Stacie) of Portland, He is also survived by his grandchildren, Cole, Gabrielle, Jack and Emma Greer of Issaquah, and Ava Greer of Portland. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marge.

Jim graduated from Franklin High School in 1955, and attended the University of Washington from 1955-59, and Western Washington University, graduating in 1960. He played Varsity Basketball for both schools during those years. He was a head basketball coach for 30 years starting at Rainer Beach High School from 1960-70, Renton High School from 1970-72, and became the first basketball coach at Lindbergh High School from 1972-1989. He retired from teaching in 1992. He influenced many players and students during these years and maintained life long relationship with many players and coaches.

Jim was always interested in sports and he and Geri attended all Husky Football Games along with many Husky Basketball Games. He also enjoyed golfing, skiing, and biking over the years. He continued to meet every Wednesday morning for breakfast with many colleagues and dear friends to discuss current issues and to share many laughs.

Jim wanted to thank the doctors, nurses, and Hospice Staff at Group Health. They cared for Jim with compassion, skill and dignity throughout his many visits and surgeries. There will be a Celebration of Life for Jim at the Maplewood Golf Course Ballroom next Sunday, 1/26/14 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please donate to Group Health Hospice.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 19, 2014
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