James T. Hunter III|
James T. Hunter III, aged 72, of Anacortes, WA, passed away on April 20, 2014. Jim, also known as 'Hunter', 'Chips', 'Popi' and in good humor - 'Naughty Popi' was born on September 4, 1941 in Saginaw, MI to James T. Hunter, Jr. and Lucretia Hunter.
Jim graduated from Firelands High School in Birmingham, Ohio in 1959 and received a BS in Business Administration from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1963. Jim continued his education at Harvard University where he received an MBA in Marketing, with honors, in 1966.
Jim and his first wife, Katy, moved to Washington State in 1967, and resided in Bellingham, Seattle, and finally Bellevue. There they raised three children, and created a very active life that included boating, horses, travel and competitive swimming; and, of course, exploring real estate of all kinds.
In 1994, Jim married Cory Strait and in 2001 they made Anacortes their home. He loved this coastal community, the access to the water and the outdoors that it offered. He played a lot of golf at Similk. A lot of golf.
During his entrepreneurial career,
Jim put his financial and business acumen to good use: first as a successful commercial real estate broker and real estate investor, and later, as a Bankruptcy Trustee for the US Trustee in Seattle. His creative mind never stopped what he called 'working the problem.' Jim also served as an Advance Man in the Secret Service under the Nixon Administration.
'Hunter' as he was known by close friends, was a charmer. He was irreverent. He was a risk taker - a true competitor. Rules were merely suggestions. Ever the pyromaniac, he loved building a fire - a really big fire, preferably on a beach. He loved to grill anything, the art taught to him by his father. Jim loved to explore, and was always happy to head for points unknown in his trusty Jeep, Crunchy, with his beloved dog, Sasha, by his side along with a bag of pretzels, Cheetos or popcorn. He knew where to find the best burger and a side of onion rings completely off the beaten path. His infamous "short cuts" were actually the longest routes possible which sometimes involved an unmarked logging road. He had a collection of walking sticks and exploration was embedded in his soul. 'Hunter' was always on the lookout for the best view, the highest peak and a worthy building site. He was a self -described 'land man.'
In the early years, food fights at the family table were not beneath him and his mischievous nature. He'd joke that his legs were his fortune. He joked a lot, but those that knew him realized it was his dimples that let him get away with anything. He could play a mean card game. Hours were spent on Talara, the family sailboat, playing gin rummy, crazy eights and hearts, with rule changes that were subtle, but evident.
The cocktail/news hour was a sacred to him. Friends and family always knew where to find 'Hunter' at 5pm. He liked to celebrate his birthday for a minimum of three weeks, and he always reminded people that his birthday was approaching.
Jim spread his joy for life with his laughter, his dimpled smile and his ability to engage those around him. He was an enthusiastic, loving father and grandfather. He loved to tell a tale. His kids will carry on his tradition of the "horsengoggle" which settled any debate for the last piece of pizza or who had to tackle that unpleasant chore. He will also be remembered for his chair dance a la Cosby along with other very special dance techniques.
Jim is survived by Cory Hunter, his truest partner and best friend, and his three children: Jim Hunter (Heather) of Issaquah, Jenny Hunter Falk (Chris) of Yakima, and Tiffany Davis (Evan) of Suwanee, GA. He is also survived by six adoring grandchildren. He has three younger brothers Mike, Scott and Jon all of whom live out of state.
The family suggests that donations be made to:
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.
To share memories of Jim, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2014