James Sanford (Jim) Thorne
1946 - 2021
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James (Jim) Sanford Thorne

Bremerton - James (Jim) Sanford Thorne, of Bremerton, Washington died on January 1st, 2021. James was born in Canby, MN on July 9th, 1946 to Raymond and Ruth Thorne. In the late 1940s they all moved to Sioux falls, South Dakota. James was the oldest of six children and he attended Washington Senior High School where he graduated June 1964. In his younger days, he had his own paper route and he was in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorer Scouts, and Order of the Arrow. In September 1964 James entered South Dakota State University in Brookings,SD and received a Bachelor's of Science degree in electrical engineering. After graduating he drove out to Kitsap County to be employed by the Department of Navy, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. On Valentine's Day 1975 he married Susan Diane Shingler at Memorial Lutheran Church. In 1990 they had one daughter Renae. He moved to the Keyport Naval Torpedo Station; his employment at Keyport included many design and development works in specialty fields for the Department of the Navy. In 2008 after retirement he volunteered at Peace Lutheran School at many sporting events.He also volunteered at Ridgetop Junior High School in the after hours academic program and on the track and field team. After four years at Ridgetop he moved over to Fairview Middle School for another 3 years assisting in the woodshop classes, football team, track and field and lunch periods. He was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church.He enjoyed many woodworking activities, donating blood and plasma over 150+ units and spending all of his free time with his two grandchildren he loved dearly.He often could be spotted around town wearing a shirt with their pictures on it. James was preceded in death by Susan, his wife and his two sisters Connie and Carol. He is survived by his daughter Renae Esposito, two grandchildren and three siblings. There will be a private graveside service as he will be placed next to his wife in the entombment at Miller Woodlawn. In honor of James and his family please direct your donations to Peace Lutheran School.

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Published in Kitsap Sun from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 12, 2021
I was fortunate to know Jim while working at Keyport. We were fellow Jackrabbits. He always enjoyed a good joke and shared stories of his family and his early years in Sioux Falls.
Wayne Stowsand
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