James Ralph "Jim" Isham

James "Jim" Ralph Isham, 70, of Soldotna, Alaska, was called home to his gracious Lord on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

He was born on August 29, 1947 in San Francisco, California, the son of Ralph and Pearl (Carson) Isham. He was a 1965 graduate of Terra Linda High School, San Rafael, California.

Jim's love for Alaska started at an early age when, as a teenager, he spent many years hitchhiking and exploring this beautiful state. While in Alaska, Jim enlisted in the Navy and became a Seabee (US Naval Construction Battalion; CBMU 302). He proudly served in Vietnam for four years from 1966-1970, where he was exposed to Agent Orange and the brutality of war.

Jim became a father of five seemingly overnight, and with enthusiasm, he took on the father's role with true commitment. Jim was an involved, protective, strict, and a very proud dad.

Jim retired from Chevron after 36 years of service and lived in the home he built on Whisper Lake. He proudly served as a Planning Commissioner for the Kenai Peninsula Borough for ten years. Jim was adventurous, strong-minded and determined, with a big splash of rebellion. He enjoyed working the land, hunting, nature, good food, and good company. Jim made every effort to know people and their cultures. He had many great friends - each shared something different with him, whether it was faith, fishing and hunting trips, business ventures, political views, or simply a delightful (or not-so-delightful) conversation over a meal.

Jim had seen every episode of the original Star Trek series. He had a great love of animals; he had a special place in his heart for his canine family including Nacho, Chica, Jordan, Pom-Pom, and Dudley.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Sue Isham and children Eve Isham (Arne Ekstrom), Priscilla Isham (Alex Moor), and Ed Isham and children from a previous marriage Linda Isham and David (Trang) Isham; sister Christine (Gary) Gruber; and three grandchildren Jason, Tristan and Insee. Jim's granddaughter, Anna Pearl, whom he named, is due in October.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Jim touched are invited to a celebration of his life at the Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Funeral Home

Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611

Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 25, 2018