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January 15, 2019

11/21/2018 3:14:00 PM
JAMES L. LAM

James L. Lam died on November 9, 2018 in Skagit Valley Hospital. He was born on April 10, 1942 in Oak Harbor to John Lam and Velma Alice Balda.
He grew up on Whidbey Island, playing with his brother John and his sister Sue, multitudes of cousins, Aunts and Uncles. On West Beach, in front of his grandparents Balda’s farm before there were no houses or no trespassing signs, his grandfather Balda took him, his brother and sister up on a tractor to get sticky Christmas trees. It was on that beach where he developed a deep and abiding love of the water.
He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1961. In 1962 he got a job at Dunlap Towing and retired without a break in service on February 29, 2008. He was a member of the lnlandboatmens of the Pacific; Masters, Mates and Pilots, and, the LaConner Volunteer Fire Department. He worked with Capt. Jim Dunlap whom he respected and loved; Manfred Nystrom who taught him about cougars, how to paint Brant decoys, to make .the best oyster stew and how to lose gracefully to a master cribbage player; Mike O’Leary – who taught him how to treat everyone the same; Tom Rock with his endless supply of off color jokes, Walt Nelson who Jim shared the same work ethic; Bill Ishmael, Darrell and Kurt Bassford, Max Robinson, Tom Halle, Jim Dunlap, Dave Alvord, Mike Potter who he saved in a tugboating accident, Bruce Cornwall – Frank’s father, Kelvey “Punky” Melom who he shared a loved of fast cars and motorcycles; Jack Andrews; Lee Hamburg – an old friend from the neighborhood; Jim, Tom and Bob Zimmerman, Annie Hernandez, Joe Reinstra, Lance Masonholder, Larry Jensen, Mitt Harlan, Tim Nelson, all of the McCormicks and Sanfords – he played cribbage on the board that Jimmy Sanford gave him and beat Mary 16-0 while in the hospital, Roger Nelson and their children. He spent over twenty years as Dispatcher for Dunlap where he touched many more lives. He loved fishing, hunting, fast cars, and, his Labradors: Doc, Two, Patty – Frank’s daughter, Nella, Sprig and his cat Bugsy.
He married Mary Margaret O’Leary on September 7, 1963 in LaConner. He is survived by his wife and children Mary Alice Duff (Edward) and James Hayden Lam (Corrine). Also, by the following: Ryan Patrick Stahl (Courtney) Addison, Luke and Emily of Victoria, Texas; Mary Katherine Cummings (David) Gabriel and Mary Cadence of Fort Worth, Texas; Abigail Snyder (Brett) Ellie, Carson and Maddy of Anacortes; Margaret Ann Arms of Frisco, Texas; Anna Eliza Arms of Oak Harbor; Hayden Lam of Waco, Texas; Emilie and Jacqueline Lam of Mount Vernon. His brother John Lam (Barbara) of Mount Vernon. Sister Susan Lam Brewer of Mount Vernon. Nephews and nieces: Jay Brewer of Clear Lake; Corey Brewer (Jill) of Seattle; Micheal Lam (Amelia) Scarlett of LaConner; Angela Neal (Graham) Alia, Cameron and Spencer of LaConner; Christopher Cram (Jenifer) Vivian of LaConner; and, David Cram (Lynette) Sara, Katherine, Charles and Rachel of LaConner. Sisters and brothers in law Sally and Herb Cram of LaConner, and Patrick R. and Joan O’Leary of Beliflower, CA. He was predeceased in death by his sister Joan Dianne Lam.
A special thanks to Bruce Cornwall who was with Jim as he lay dying, so he had a friend to see him on his way. Thanks also to Dr. Ullom, Dr. Bruce, Dr. Kuan, Dr. Guanzon and the wonderful staff at DaVita Dialysis Center in Oak Harbor.
He was a beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother an Uncle. He was a good and humble man. Memorials may be made to the LaConner Volunteer Fireman’s Fund.







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