James A. Dalfin
1945 - 2020
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James A. Dalfin

Keizer - James A Dalfin was born on December 28, 1945 in Denver, Colorado, and passed away on December 14, 2020, after a brief illness.

James was an inspiration to all who knew him. He called himself "a service guy", and his greatest joy was to give selfless service wherever he could. He had prodigious organizational skills, and put them to work helping friends and family members with everything from packing up and moving to organizing their electronic files. His motto was "Love all, Serve all", and he put that into practice every day.

James was a person of strong will and persistence. Despite suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for forty some years, he always pushed himself to exercise and to be as active as he could. He was a firm believer in the power of exercise to combat his fatigue symptoms, and, despite those challenges, he was a lifelong runner, swimmer and bicycler. He participated in triathlons and long distance bike rides, as well as shorter running and swimming events. He loved to run and walk in Minto-Brown and Bush Parks in Salem.

James' life work was in health care. He began as a medic in the Army during the Vietnam era. He went on to become a Registered Nurse, working in many different roles. His favorite was as a Labor and Delivery Nurse and Lamaze Teacher. In retirement, he took care of friends and relatives dealing with illnesses and end of life issues. He also worked in the Infirmary at Mount Angel Abbey, caring for elderly and sick monks.

James had a strong spiritual faith and practice. He had no fear of death, after having had a near death experience as a small child, which left him convinced of the continuation of life after death, and of the unconditional love that is our true home in God. He was dedicated to his spiritual path and practice. He had a beautiful singing voice, and enjoyed singing love songs to God and singing "Happy Birthday" to his family and friends.

James was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by his loving and beloved wife, Katryn (Karen) VanTassell of Salem, and by his sister, Pamela Mayo of Sacramento and his brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Ann Mayo and their children Kevin and Kelly, all of San Diego. He is also survived by his daughter Terri and her husband Dave Falcone of Sacramento and his step-children: Daniel Brown of Portland, Justin and Jen Wasik-Brown of Chicago, Keith and Abby Brown of Columbia, MO, and Theresa and Chris Ellison of Phoenix; and his grandchildren: Carson Vanderveer and Chris Falcone, both of Sacramento; Sage Brown of Columbia, MO; Henry and Eli Brown of Chicago; and Isaiah Zwagerman of Phoenix. He will also be missed by many, many dear friends in Salem and around the country and the world.

A Memorial Service will be held via Zoom on Sunday, January 31 at 2 PM PST. Those interested are encouraged to contact a family member or close friend of the family for more details.

James loved to feed those in need, so donations in his memory may be made to the Marion-Polk Food Share at: marionpolkfoodshare.org. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Published in The Statesman Journal on Jan. 10, 2021.
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