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Dr. Jim was born in Tacoma, Washington on October 6, 1928 to Dr. Arthur N. and Dagmar Wilson. Their family moved to LaTouche and later to the Kennicott Copper Mine, both in Alaska. They eventually settled in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Dr. Jim graduated from Ketchikan High School. He then went to college at Willamette University where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He attended the University of Oregon Medical School, graduating in 1952. He was married the next day to Betty May Jackman. He interned in Evanston Hospital, Illinois and later joined the Strategic Air Command at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota as a flight surgeon. In June 1956 he began his surgical residency at St. Vincent's Hospital, Portland, Oregon. The family moved to Ketchikan, Alaska in 1959 where he joined his father's medical practice. Dr. Jim and Betty raised three daughters in Ketchikan, and while living there he was involved in many local groups and activities.

He retired from his surgical practice after 30 years, in 1990. Dr. Jim and Betty moved to Shelter Bay, Washington in 1991. In his retirement years, Dr. Jim took art lessons and enjoyed working in his art studio painting pictures. Dr. Jim loved hunting, fishing, boating, painting, and his family. He was a member of Art League North and the Methodist Church. He was an Eagle Scout.

Dr. Jim is survived by his wife, Betty; his brother, Dr. Arthur Wilson, Jr. (Sharon); 3 daughters; Kathy (Jan), Susan (Lane), and Laura (Todd); 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandson.

Remembrances may be sent to: United Methodist Church, PO Box 43, LaConner, WA, 98251; or the Virginia Mason Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer, Mail Stop D1-MF, PO Box 1930, Seattle, WA 98111-9866 or online at virginiamason.org. Special thanks to Island Hospital ICU nurses and Dr. Murray, Virginia Mason Oncology Department, and Dr. Picocci.

The family would like to thank the La Conner Methodist Church and all of their other friends for the outpouring of love and support.

A Celebration of Life will be held October 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelter Bay Community Center.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Dr. Jim, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
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