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James J. Adams better known as "Jack" was born in Charleston, South Carolina July 18, 1934 to Charles B. and Rosa T. Adams. He passed away August 24, 2012 with his family at his bedside.
James J. Adams
When his family moved from South Carolina, they first settled in Seattle where Jack's father was a boat builder. They moved from Seattle to Whidbey Island and eventually to Everett. Jack graduated from Everett High School in 1952 during which time he became an avid swimmer, lettering all three years as well as teaching swimming and lifeguarding at the YMCA.
In 1956, he married the love of his life, his "sweetie" as he always called her, Dian. Together they created a very loving home while raising two children. Shortly after their marriage Jack began a career at Weyer-haeuser. He eventually continued his schooling at Everett Community College and the University of Washington where he graduated in 1975 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His career spanned 37 years at Weyerhaeuser until all three mills closed in March 1992. After finally retiring, Jack volunteered at the Northshore Senior Center for nearly 10 years, teaching computer skills to other seniors and repairing and rebuilding their computers. Jack had a unique ability to take things apart, put them back together and have them work perfectly.
Throughout his life, Jack had many passionate interests. He loved the great outdoors, which included hiking, boating, camping, tennis, basketball and gardening. Music also defined him. He played piano, improvising many of his favorites, playing duets with his daughter on the flute or his grandson on the guitar. But perhaps the most passionate of Jack's many interests and talents was his love for cars. He developed a real love for Triumphs and was a member the Tyee Triumph Club for several years where he participated in road rallies, parades, and car shows.
In these last days many accolades have been given by family and friends. He was kind, compassionate, intelligent, loving, patient... a teacher and tutor to many
fun, curious, known as "Happy Jack," was a "Jack" of all trades and master of many
one of a kind, amazing and special
what a guy!
Jack is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dian; son, Charlie Adams (Mike); daughter, Catherine Lau-Bingham (Gary); grandson, Bryant Lau and his father Allan Lau; brother, Robert Adams (Vicki); sisters, Josephine Millo Ford (Bernard), Geraldine Millo; brother-in-law, Harry Searl-es; numerous nieces and nephews and many won-derful friends.
Rest in Peace Jack, you are much loved and will be greatly missed.
There will be a Memorial Service at Evergreen Funeral Home, 4504 Broadway, Everett, Wednesday, August 29, beginning at 2 p.m.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from August 28 to August 29, 2012