James Alexander Elisar Hopkins


James Alexander Elisar Hopkins went to be with Jesus on May 1, 2016. He passed away as a result of swimming accident in Eastern Washington. Alex was born on February 4, 1994 in Everett, Washington. He was welcomed by his parents, Bryan and Ann and big sister, four year old Amanda, who loved him fiercely from day one. In addition to his immediate family, he also leaves behind his grand-mother, Irene (Hopkins) Osborn, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and his girlfriend, Jackie Huhta. Alex started school in Lakewood Washington. Even at this young age, his Kindergarten teacher said Alex was a friend to everyone, would sit at any table and talk with anyone. He remained at Lakewood Elementary through 6th grade and was very active in sports playing on the same soccer team all his elementary years. After his 6th grade year, the family moved to Lake Stevens. There he started at Centennial Middle School in Snohomish, Wash. It was here, that Alex met his life-long best friend, Drew Knudtson. This friendship endured and deepened even after Drew moved away to Spokane, Washington their Freshman year. Alex attended High School at Snohomish HS, where he continued his love of running and joined the cross country team his Freshman year with, who he was always referring to as, "my buddy" Cale Hayes. Alex had so many different interests throughout his HS years. He joined the Track Team as well as was in ROTC all four years, achieving the leadership ranks of XO and CO. His training in ROTC helped mold his work ethic and his understanding of being a contributing citizen. Through this program he also developed his admirable attributes of commitment, follow through, and integrity. Alex continued to participate in Cross Country throughout the remainder of his high school career. His deep friendships with his teammates and coaches greatly added to his development as a hard worker, a true team player, a rooter for the underdog, an encourager, a leader by example, and a genuine friend. Seeing all of these qualities in him, Alex's Cross Country coach, David LeWarne, appointed him as team captain for his junior year, and then his teammates voted Alex in as team captain again his senior year. Alex was dearly loved by his running comrades. All through his middle school and high school years, Alex was deeply involved in youth ministry at Bethany Christian Assembly. His youth pastor at the time, Josh Hall, was instrumental in Alex' life and helped cultivate his heart to follow God and love and serve people. At age 16 Alex began leading in the Junior High Ministry. This later developed into his in-volvement in the youth leadership team. Through this ministry Alex impacted countless young people, introducing many of them to church and the love of Jesus. Alex graduated with honors and a year's worth of college credit in 2012. He received three scholarships from ROTC which he used to complete his AA degree at Everett Community College the following year. He attended Eastern Was-hington University for two quarters and then decided to pursue his true passion for being a firefighter. Once again, his heart to serve people coming through. Throughout this time of transition, Alex continued his passion for youth ministry by participating in the summer internship program at Bethany Christian Assembly. In addition to school and church activities, Alex held several job titles throughout the years; Starbucks Barista, Olive Garden buser, Bob's Corn farm hand, UPS loader, Warehouse Associate at JDS Inc. Door Supplier, Fast Eddie's mechanic and a roof cleaner for First Response Exterior Detailing. There is no doubt, Alex was a hard worker, loved by all of his supervisors, and never shying away from a new challenge or learning opportunity. Alex embraced his Norwegian heritage, always wanting to be outside, exploring, hiking and hunting. Also keeping the Norwegian tradition alive, he was at the helm of the krum kake iron at the family Christmas baking nights each year. After completing the Fire Academy in December 2015, Alex was hired by the Tulalip Bay Fire Department. Most recently, he was taking online courses through Northwest University with a goal of obtaining a Ministry Leadership degree. He didn't know exactly where this was going to land him, he just knew this was something he was supposed to do. Alex truly understood that it was important to have a purpose in life. Alex' life was celebrated on Monday, May 9, 2016, at Bethany Christian Assembly, with the church overflowing with all the family and friends who loved him. His fellow firefighters gave him a fire fighter send-off, including honoring him with a flag presentation, the final tones and multiple fire engines in attendance. A private burial took place on Friday, May 13, 2016. He is laid to rest at GAR cemetery in Snohomish, Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remem-brances be made to the Bethany Christian Assembly Youth Scholarship Fund.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 14 to May 15, 2016
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