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Darrell James

Turner, Oregon

1942 - 2018 (Age 76)

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Darrell JamesTurner, OR - Darrell Gene James was born in Eugene, OR on April 7th, 1942. The family relocated to Bremerton, WA where he graduated from high school in 1960. He went on to attend Whitworth University majoring in music. It was there that he met his lifelong love and partner Anna Lee...

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Mr. James was by far my favorite teacher. He taught more than the joy of music. He taught us respect and kindness and definitely fund raising. He made highschool enjoyable. I loved being around him so much I had 3 classes with him my senior year. I have only great memories of Mr. James. I remember pushing the piano down the halls ways at Christmas as he played and we would sing Christmas songs. Swing choir competitions , even though we always came is 4th. He had a great attitude. If someone...

We are very sorry to hear of Darrell's passing. Our love and thoughts go out to Anna Lee, Jeff, Joel and all of Darrell's loved ones during this difficult time.

My heart is sad to know a man that made a huge impression on me, has left this world. He is the only reason I graduated, and I will be forever grateful for his support, guidance and love. Mr James was much more than "just a teacher", he was a mentor, a friend, and left his love of music in many, MANY past students and choir members. I am blessed to have been a small part of his life and will never, ever forget him. God bless his family.

Mr. James inspired me to teach music. I have several college degrees in music and currently teach choir in the public schools in Washington. He made a major impression and taught me how to inspire people. I cant say enough....Meredith Jones, CHS Class 1975

Anna Lee, I remember all the good times at Jason Lee with Karen and me, you and Darrell. What a joy that was. My heartfelt condolences and rich blessings to you Joel, Jeff, and all the Grandchildren. I will be out of the country and unable to attend the services. I will be thinking of you at this time.
Jim Momyer

Darrell and I were classmates at West High School in Bremerton. I think we shared accompanying duties for several of the choirs. While Darrell was majoring in music at Whitworth, I was doing the same at Seattle Pacific. I am sorry we did not keep in touch, because our musical paths were parallel in many ways: music teaching (I taught piano), involvement in community musical activities, and participation and leadership in church music. God's blessing on all of Darrell's family.

I was a sophomore in 1972 when Darrel came to Cascade. I was blessed with the timing. I have lots of great memories. How many people hear the Halleluiah Chorus and don't sing every part and think of Darrel? We also know we need to stand. We sang a Everly Brothers medley at the Newport Swing Choir Festival. Wake up Little Susie and Bird Dog brought the house down. He made a wonderful impression on us all.

Mr. James was my choir teacher at Cascade Jr. High in 77-79. I was a painfully shy kid who loved music, and Mr. James facilitated the one class that I ever felt I belonged in. His passion for music spilled all over the kids that he taught; a major reason I enjoy singing to this day. There are very few people that I would say influenced me positively and NEVER did anything to tarnish that memory...Mr. James was one of them.

My condolences and prayers for his family. Please know that...

What a great man he was!! Full of life! He loved the Salem Boy's choir and we loved what he did for our son Tyler!
Tim and Julie Yount