A descendant of Oregon pioneers, Jim grew up on a Century farm near Noti, Oregon.
He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Vietnam War.
He has been a manager for Red Lion Hotels (9 years) & Inns and Albertsons (18 years).
A past member of many local government boards and commissions, including the Eugene School District 4J Budget Committee and the Metropolitan Area Planning Advisory Committee -- which wrote the Eugene - Springfield General land use Plan and it's associated TRANSPLAN (which provided for the Chambers Connector and the extension of Pioneer Parkway & building of the Bob Straub Parkway).
A former PTA President. A Fomer Lane County chair for his political party. A long-time coach and board member for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). A long-time volunteer leader for the Boy Scouts of America.
Elna Loa (a teacher and his wife of 44 years), his two grown sons (Josh and Ben), one daughter-in-law (Carroll), his grandson (Stanley), a host of relatives and friends far and near, and: photography, genealogy, gardening and serving in the lay ministry of his church.