James Martin Hester

Male 1946 - 2008  (61 years)


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  • Name James Martin Hester 
    Nickname Jim 
    Born 17 Dec 1946  Camp Polk, Leesville, Vernon Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Jan 2008  Kent, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Obituary:
      James "Jim" Hester

      Jim was born on Sept. 17, 1946 at Camp Polk, LA and passed away at Franciscan Hospice on Jan. 30, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Becky, daughter, Sarah "Vogue", son, James (Sarah), brothers, Webb (Cheryl), Sully (Lynn), Randy (Jane), Joe, Mike, and sister, Mary Jo (Button), He is also survived by grandchildren, Anna, Abby, and Lucas, nieces and nephews, Ali, Amanda, Amy, Naomi, Rachel, Sadie, Adam, Osel, and Zack and his mother-in-law, Fran McPherson. He is preceded in death by his parents, Finlay and Josephine.

      Jim was a manufacturing rep for roofing materials. He was active in the Roofing Contractors Association and CSI and served on both boards. He graduated from PLU and The Evergreen State College. Above all else, Jim was a family man and a loyal friend. He was always willing to help people. He was a great cook and loved to entertain. Many people enjoyed his multi-coursed meals paired with wines and champagne. His knowledge of food and wine was amazing. This Thanksgiving turkey was his best yet.

      Jim was a lover of the blues and jazz traveling frequently with his wife to music festivals like the New Orleans Jazz Heritage festival, the King Biscuit Blues festival, and the Chicago Blues Festival. Music was always playing in his home, and dancing in the kitchen was frequent.

      Jim also loved high school football and basketball and attended many playoff games in the Tacoma Dome with his brother, Joe and friend Jon. The Hester family never had a TV when the kids were growing up; but when Jim got cancer, a TV was purchased so that he could watch college basketball games and the independent film channel and enjoy watching British mysteries on PBS with his wife. He was a member of the Grand Cinema and attended films frequently.

      After his diagnosis of cancer, he and Becky traveled twice to Europe, to Florida, and went on many family trips to the beach. Many memorable weekends were spent with friends. Jim wanted to make memories for his family and friends. Jim will be missed by many but not forgotten. His birthday will be celebrated every year.

      Thanks to the staffs of floor 10A at St. Joes and Franciscan Hospice for their wonderful care.

      In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Franciscan Hospice, the Mason United Methodist Church youth programs, or YMCA Camp Seymour. Inurnment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St. in Kent on Wed., Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at the Titlow Beach Lodge, 8425 6th Ave. on Fri., Feb. 8 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.

      Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008
    Buried 6 Feb 2008  Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, King County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Plot: Section 9E Site 498
    Person ID I4307  Root Tree
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2013 

    Father Finlay Webb Hester,   b. 22 Jan 1918, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1966  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Josephine Virginia Culverhouse,   b. 8 Mar 1921, Knoxville, Crawford County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1989, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Family ID F1505  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
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    Family ID F1508  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Headstones
    James Martin Hester
    James Martin Hester
    JAMES MARTIN HESTER
    SP4 US ARMY
    VIETNAM
    SEPT 17 1946 JAN 30 2008
    STILL COOKIN
    Plot: Section 9E Site 498