James Paist
1946 - 2021
Stehn Family Chapels
2906 Se Harrison St
Milwaukie, OR
James Paist
Feb. 7, 1946 - Nov. 16, 2021
James Paist, father, grandfather, brother, engineer, veteran and animated storyteller, has died. He died after a brief illness Nov. 16, 2021, at Portland Adventist Hospital. He was 75 years old.
Known to his family and friends as Jim, he was born James Jay Paist in Portland, Ore., Feb. 7, 1946 to Frances Marion and Paul Paist.
He attended Albany Union High School, served in the U.S. Air Force, and received a mechanical engineering degree at Clackamas Community College. He was the founder and owner of Pacific West Engineering. Among his projects: design work for the renovation of New York's Brooklyn Bridge.
Jim shared his passion for off-roading with his family and friends for most of his life.
He is survived by his son, John Paist; daughter-in-law, Heather; and granddaughter, Adeline "Della" Rose of West Linn; sister, Janet A. Paist who lives in Greenwich Village, N.Y.; and former wife, Janet E. Paist of Milwaukie.
The light of his life was his 3 year old granddaughter, Della. His family and friends will miss his infectious laugh and boundless generosity.
We are honoring Jim with a contribution to Portland Homeless Family Solutions. For more information please visit: www.stehnfuneralhomes.com
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
Published by The Oregonian from Nov. 23 to Nov. 28, 2021.
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
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I was so sorry to hear this. Jim was the best neighbor one could hope for. I was struggling with an issue with my Ducati motorcycle in my garage for two days straight a few years back. Jim walked over and said, "What's going on, Mark?" I briefly explained my issue. He said he'd take a look but cautioned me that he knew nothing about Ducati's. He had the problem solved and fixed in under 20 minutes. A problem I had spent nearly 20 hours on. What a giving and intelligent man. Thank you, Jim! I'm hopeful that you get to tinker to your heart's content in heaven. Maybe work on a chariot or something. :)
Mark Loewen
December 2, 2021
To Jim´s family, and especially sister Janet, my thoughts are with you during this hard time. We had happy days as little kids on Marion Street.
Doni Budlong Wilder
November 28, 2021
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