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James Dwayne Summerton, 55, of Sequim passed away in his home on January 25, 2014, from a heart attack.
He was born in Sequim to Bill and Enamarie Summerton on June 6, 1958.
Jim is survived by his parents; his brother, Larry Summerton; sister-in-law Sue Summerton of Estacada, Oregon; and his sister, Darilee Brown, and brother-in-law, Brad Brown, both of Bonney Lake, Washington.
Jim is also survived by his nephews, Brian Summerton, Ben Brown, Jessy Person and William Jack Brown; and his nieces, Melissa Summerton, Lindsay Summerton, Kimberly Brown Person, Amy Brown and Hannah Brown.
Jim also leaves behind his girlfriend, Kathleen Spradley. They met in 1994 and spent the last 20 years together until his death.
Jim loved his pets. He has two birds, Kimo and Peanut; a cat named Budward; and Doso the dog.
Kathleen will remember Jim's smile and his charm. She is honored that he shared his life with her.
Jim was an honest man with a hard work ethic who didn't run from problems. He was a happy guy who just wanted to carve time out for fishing where he could.
At least 14 years of Jim's life was spent in the woods logging. He worked for Ken Huether Trucking and Eddie O'Dell Trucking. Jim had to leave the logging industry after he shattered his wrist participating in the Irrigation Festival logging show.
On July 30, 1990, he began his career at SunLand Golf & Country Club, working in the golf course maintenance department. James was just shy of 24 years with SunLand.
Jim's passion was fishing. He loved going out to the Hoh and Sol Duc rivers. Whether he caught a fish or not, Jim always enjoyed being out on the water with a fishing pole in his hand. He also loved to go camping and just being outdoors.
Jim also loved cars, really any vehicle with a motor in it. Jim was proud to be a member of the Outlaw Racing pit crew during the bump and pass races at the Port Angeles Speedway when it was open.
A celebration of life will be held at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 30 Sanford Lane in Sequim, on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements.
"The Fisherman's Prayer"
I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord's great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Parrot Rescue (APR), 19715 112th Avenue, Court E, Graham, WA 98338, www.allparrotrescue.com.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 2, 2014
Drennan & Ford Funeral Home and Crematory
260 Monroe Rd. Port Angeles, WA 98362