James Albert Gamblin died October 21, 2013 due to complications from lung cancer. He was born August 4, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent his childhood in Orange County, California. Jim relocated with his mother, Irene Underdahl, to Ketchikan, Alaska where he attended high school. Jim worked in highway design and construction for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, primarily in Juneau, until his retirement in 1998.
Jim's second marriage was to Robin Smith in August 1983. They relocated from Juneau to Central Point, Oregon in 2012. Jim loved baseball and outdoor activities including downhill skiing, scuba diving, hiking, and walking his dog Dutch. Together Jim and Robin shared their love of travel and adventure including scuba diving trips to the Caribbean and two years spent touring the U.S. and Canada in their motor home. Jim was known for his sense of humor and the fact that he was often the one laughing loudest at his own jokes. He also had the rare ability to joke about himself and took kidding with the same humor. Jim loved visiting his three daughters: Dawn Dahl of Juneau, Paula Carpenter of Phoenix, Arizona and Jamie Sheridan of Hillsboro, Oregon, as well as 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
No services are planned. Instead, Robin will visit Juneau in summer 2014 to join his many friends on one last hike to spread Jim's ashes on his favorite Juneau trail.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Oct. 26, 2013