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ESTEP JAMES MATTHEW ESTEP "Jimbo" February 4, 2013 James (Jim) Matthew Estep, age 64, passed away at his home in Alexandria, Virginia on Monday, February 4, 2013 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Jim was born on July 30, 1948 in Peoria, Illinois to Richard A. Estep and Lorraine J. Heinz Estep. The family moved to upstate New York when Jim was in eighth grade and he graduated from Shaker High School four years later. Jim moved to Washington, D.C. in 1966 to attend Georgetown University where he received both his Bachelors in History and his Law Degree. Jim was a dedicated attorney at the Department of Labor for over 40 years where he coauthored the mission statement for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and thereafter devoted his life to developing life-saving standards by finding consensus between union workers, industry, and regulators. Outside of work, Jim was a loving father, brother and friend. Many in the community knew Jim for his devotion to charitable causes, particularly with the Elks. As an active member of Elks Lodge #758 Jim was a PER and PDDGER who spearheaded many community projects that benefitted our troops, the homeless, and disadvantaged youth. Jim is survived in death by his beloved sons James S. Estep and wife Geetha, and Scott M. Estep. He is also survived by former spouse and good-friend Linda Estep, brothers Dan (Jan), Mike (Linda), John (Linda) and younger sister Terri Constant, along with many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Jim is preceded by his parents, his brother Dick, and his brother-in-law Rich. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge #2188 in Fairfax, VA. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alexandria, VA Elks Lodge #758 in memory of James M. Estep, PER, PDDGER (tinyurl.com/JimboTribute).
Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 21, 2013