James E. Mecca, 77, passed away peacefully at his home in Anacortes, Washington on August 2, 2013.
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He was born to Clement and Dolores (Czarnecki) Mecca on January 9, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He is preceded in death by both parents and a grandson, Kevin.
He is survived by his brother John (Sandy) Mecca, his wife of 30 years, Sharon, two sons, Christopher (Jennifer) and Gregory (Kristie), step-daughter Kathy (Mike) Holzschuh, and step-sons Jeff (Kristi) Wilson and Mike (Rossana) Wilson and ten grandchildren.
Jim became an Eagle Scout and also loved training Golden Retrievers. He treasured coaching baseball when his boys were young and was proud to be associated with Kirkland Little League when they won the World Championship in 1982.
After graduating from high school Jim received a Mechanical Engineering degree from MSOE, and a Masters of Science in Radiological Science from UW. His professional career included teaching Mechanical Engineering and Physics at MSOE, Principal Scientist at Douglas United Nuclear, Inc., Manager of Special Licensing at Babcock and Wilcox Company, Manager of Nuclear Licensing & Safety at Puget Sound Power and Light and Northwest Energy Services, Senior Staff Scientist/Engineer at SAIC, and Deputy, Assistant Manager for Facilities Transition for the U.S. Department of Energy, Richland Operations. Jim retired at the end of 2000.
In retirement Jim was active in the Northwest Rental Owners Association, enjoyed an occasional game of Scrabble, playing cards, and assisting Sharon with her art endeavors.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 16, 2:00 p.m. at Evans Funeral Chapel, 1105 32nd Street, Anacortes.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of the Northwest, 227 Freeway Drive, Suite A, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, or
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.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 13, 2013