James Alvin Forgaard, resident of Anacortes, passed away peacefully at the Life Care Center of Mount Vernon, WA on October 30, 2011, at the age of 77, with his loving wife Marilyn at his side.
Jim was born May 23, 1934 in Champaign, IL, the third son of Alvin Walter Forgaard an aerial photographer attached to the U.S. Air Force and Bernice (Mack) Forgaard, who later worked for Boeing and Sears in Seattle.
Preceding Jim 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, Jim, and his two older brothers moved to Renton, WA where he attended Renton schools until moving to Burien, WA. In 1952 Jim graduated from Highline High School, where he was an All-Conference linebacker, which led to a football scholarship at Whitworth College (now University) in Spokane.
He met his first wife Joy Banghart while attending Whitworth College. They were married in Burien on June 26, 1955. Jim and Joy settled in Seattle, where Jim worked for the American Can Company and Boeing. In 1964, they moved with their family to Fresno, CA. While both worked several full-time jobs they attended Fresno State College (now University) full-time and earned their teaching credentials. Jim graduated with honors with a BA in Recreation Education. In 1968, the family moved to Santa Cruz, CA and Jim became the physical education teacher, coach, and athletic director of San Lorenzo Valley Jr. High (now Middle School) in Felton, CA, a job he dearly loved. He cared deeply for his students and inspired them to be their best. During his tenure, he was honored with a Teacher of the Year award. Jim retired in 1990.
Jim and Joy divorced in 1974 and he devoted himself to raising his four sons, ages 4 through 15. Jim discovered a penchant for acting and singing in his forties and regularly landed roles in Santa Cruz community productions, earning good reviews.
Jim reconnected with his high school sweetheart Marilyn Holden and they married in 2006. They moved from San Jose to Anacortes in 2007.
Jim always had an easy laugh and a generous spirit. He was instantly liked by all who met him. 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 grandchildren; five nieces and nephews; and his first wife Joy Appleton.
A memorial service will be held on Tues., December 13, 2011 in Santa Cruz, CA, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Please RSVP to email@example.com to receive details.
Donations in memoriam can be made in Jim's name to the
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Nov. 11, 2011