James Louis Devon (1923 - 2014)

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James Louis Devon, age 90, passed away August 28, 2014 at the Juneau Pioneer Home. He was born September 29, 1923 in Anchorage, Alaska to Leila (Fulmer) and Henry Krim.

At the age of five the family moved from Cantwell to Juneau and a few years later to Douglas where his mother ran a boarding house. Four years after his father's passing his mother married Samuel Devon. Douglas was a virtual playground for him and his brother Bill while growing up and at times they just couldn't help but get into trouble. He graduated from Douglas High in 1942 and soon after enlisted in the Army. While on leave at home he met his wife, Marie, and they were married shortly after in Anchorage. Upon discharge from the service they returned to Douglas and moved into the family home on St. Ann's Avenue. He was employed by the federal agency Bureau of Public Roads, now known as the Department of Transportation, until his retirement in 1981.

Through his 60s James was involved in the Search and Rescue Organization. He was very familiar with the area having hiked the mountains many times. He was a self taught carpenter and very much a perfectionist when working on a project. James was always available to help someone who needed assistance with a building project. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and up until the time of his death was still involved in the organization. He had a great interest in past and current mining in the Juneau-Douglas area but particularly in the Treadwell Mine. His memory was very clear about even the smallest details of the history of the mine and loved sharing it. If you asked him one question about it, be prepared for a full on lesson.

James was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-father, wife and brother. He is survived by this four children Kathleen (Robert) Alexander, Michelle, Michael (Robin) and Shannon (Mike), seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren, sister-in-law Zona Devon, numerous nieces and nephews and his "family" at the Pioneer Home.

A memorial service will be held at the Juneau Pioneer Home on September 19, 2014 at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to assist in preserving mining history through the Treadwell Historic Preservation & Restoration Society (THPRS), PO Box 240584, Douglas, AK 99824.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Sept. 7, 2014
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