Mort Safford James lll
1944 - 2019
Mort Safford James, III Mort Safford James, III died unexpectedly on November 04, 2019 in Olympia, WA alongside Alice James, his wife of 30 years. He was 75. Mort was born on May 05, 1944 in Seattle, WA, son of the late Mort Safford James, Jr. and Patti Ann Flynn. After graduating from Wilson High School in Tacoma, he attended the University of Washington, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture in 1968. He founded his namesake architecture firm in 1975 focusing on green designs for residential and commercial locations. A favorite family memory is of him pointing out his designs while driving through town, one of his proudest being the Olympia Farmers Market. He held a lifelong passion for sailing and photography, which he shared with his surviving two sons, Paul and Matt. Mort is also survived by his stepdaughter Alice Ann, eight grandchildren, and his brother, Michael A. James. A celebration of life will be scheduled in early 2020. Memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to American Diabetes Association or Friends of Olympia Farmers Market.
Published by The Olympian on Dec. 1, 2019.
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Mort and Alice will be remembered for their many contributions to our community. I will always be grateful for Mort's contributions to land use planning along West Bay Drive and his understanding and vision. He knew how to help the community visualize what future development and found ways to help us move forward in planning for public spaces built by development on West Bay. We will benefit from his leadership and vision for our community for generations to come.
Sarah Smyth McIntosh
December 4, 2019
I will always remember Mort as, "Skip", when I was a little girl and the family would have huge dinner's at out Grandparent's house in Entiat, WA. He was always so handsome and kind. So, sorry for the the families loss of two beautiful people. Love and peace to my Cousin's and to Mort's wife's family. ~ Peace to all.
Rebecca Giles
December 2, 2019
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