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James Alvin Forgaard

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James Alvin FORGAARD James Alvin Forgaard passed away peacefully at the Life Care Center in Mount Vernon, WA on October 30th, 2011, at the age of 77 with his loving wife Marilyn at his side. Jim was born May 23rd, 1934 in Champaign, IL, the 3rd son of Alvin Walter Forgaard and Bernice (Mack) Forgaard. Pre ceding him in death were his father and mother and his brother Dean M. Forgaard M.D. Jim spent his early years in Illinois and Colorado. His mother and father divorced in 1943. His mother with Jim and his two older brothers moved to Renton, WA where he attended Renton schools until moving to Burien, WA. He graduated from Highline H.S. in 1952, where he was an All Conference line backer that led to a football scholarship to Whit worth College in Spokane, WA. He met his first wife Joy Banghart while attending Whitworth College. They were married in Burien, WA, on June 26th, 1955. Jim and Joy settled in Seattle, WA where Jim worked for the American Can Company. In 1964 they moved with their family to Fresno, CA. While both worked several fulltime jobs they attended Fresno State College fulltime and earned their teaching credentials. Jim gradu ated with honors with a BA in Recreation Education. In 1968 the family moved to Santa Cruz, CA and Jim became a Physical Edu cation teacher, coach, and Athlet ic Director of San Lorenzo Valley Jr. H.S. in Felton, CA - a job he dearly loved. He cared deeply for his students and inspired them to be their best. He received a Teacher of The Year award from San Lorenzo Valley Jr. H.S. Jim organized the school's first golf team, arranged for playing time at a nearby course and worked to get clubs and balls donated to the boys who needed them. Sportsmanship was as important to him as talent; he taught his young players rules and etiquette for a week before they ever set foot on the course. On match days, his workday didn't end until long after dusk, when he had safely delivered home the last of several boys who lived in remote pockets of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Jim and Joy divorced in 1974 and he devoted himself to raising his four sons, ages 4 through 15. He put good meals on the table and the academic, dramatic and athletic achievements of the family were embraced with great pride. Jim discovered a penchant for acting and singing in his late 40's and regularly landed roles in Santa Cruz Community Produc tions, he appeared in one produc tion with the famous actor John Carradine earning great reviews, he also appeared in a film called "Steel Heel" that was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. In one memorable 1989 performance he regaled attendees with "Get Me To The Church On Time" at his son Randy's wedding, singing and dancing in top hat and tails. Jim owned a motor home and did extensive traveling often visiting his two brothers and their families in the state of Washing ton. He fulfilled a long-held dream with a 2002 journey along old Route 66 with three of his sons. They traveled through the heart land all the way back to Chicago. Jim reconnected with his High School sweetheart Marilyn Holden and they married in 2006. They moved from San Jose, CA to Anacortes, WA in 2007. Jim always had an easy laugh and a generous spirit. All who met him instantly liked him and he will be deeply missed. Jim is survived by his wife Marilyn, brother Wendell (Cleo), his sons Randy (Julie), Eric, Scott and Shawn (Shauna), four grand children, five nieces and nephews and his first wife Joy Appleton. A Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 13th 2011 in Santa Cruz, CA from 3:30 p.m. 'til 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to memorial@forgaard.com. Donations in Memoriam can be made in Jim's name to the (www.diabetes.org), the Alzhei mer's Association (www.alz. org), or a .
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 10, 2011
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