James Allen Alban, 81, of Eliza Island, Bellingham, Washington and former resident of Anacortes, Washington, died Monday, November 11, 2013 at his friend's home in Anacortes.
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He was born on April 26, 1932 in Elma, Washington, the son of William and Marjorie (Bliss) Alban.
Jim joined the U.S. Marine Corps when he was 19 years old and served in the Korean War. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Education from Central Washington University and worked as a High School teacher, an Administrator for 29 years, and as the Vice Principal at Anacortes High School for eight years.
Jim spent the last several years of his life hunting, fishing, and building a cabin on Eliza Island, where his children and grandchildren would gather each summer.
Jim is survived by his son, Patrick Alban; daughters and son-in-law, Jennifer Alban and Jill Alban and Aaron Vallat; granddaughters, Jordan and Juliet Alban Vallat; grandsons, Duncan and Lucas Varela; and niece and nephew, Kelly and Kevin.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes, followed by a reception at the chapel.
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 Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Nov. 26, 2013