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Joseph 'Jim' Stephen Marick

James “Jim” Stephen Marick

December 12, 1937 - September 20, 2015

James Stephen “Jim” Marick passed away November 20, 2015, surrounded by his family, three weeks shy of his 78th birthday, after a courageous journey with Alzheimer’s disease.

Born December 12, 1937 in The Dalles, Ore., to Stephen and Anne (Baumgartner) Marick, he was raised on a small farm with four brothers. As a youth, he worked in the orchards and spent his free time working on cars with his brothers and dad. Jim played football and basketball in high school, and his summers were spent working long hours harvesting wheat in eastern Oregon.

Jim graduated from the University of Portland as an Industrial Engineer in 1959. In 1962, he married Judy Ann Powell in The Dalles, Ore. Jim and Judy had known each other for over 10 years; both were from large families that lived on farms on the same country road.

He started his career working at Boeing, before moving to General Dynamics, Kaiser Aluminum, and Oregon Steel Mills, where he remained for 17 years until retirement. While moving for Jim’s career, they lived in Seattle, Wash., Ft Worth, Texas, and Spokane, Wash., before settling in Vancouver, Wash., in 1970, where they raised their 6 children. Jim enjoyed sports, fishing, working in his flower garden and yard, and was an enthusiastic supporter of his children’s sports and activities.

After retirement, Jim devoted his time to advocate for people with disabilities. Jim volunteered with the ARC of SW Washington, the state and national ARC, and PHAME Academy. Jim held many leadership roles in these organizations, including President of the board of the local ARC.

Additionally, Jim was active in his Catholic faith as a member of the Knights of Columbus and Eucharistic Minister.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Anne Marick, and his brother, Robert Daley. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Judy; their six children, Joan (Dave), John (Tami), Jill (Tony), Jason, Joel (Kristen) and Joshua (Dawn); grandchildren, John Paul, Jordan, Brandon, Kelsie, Nico, and Lorenzo; and great-grandchildren, Willson, Henry and Joseph.

Jim and his family cherish the many memories from vacationing at Rockaway Beach, Sunriver and Disneyland.

Jim was a loving and devoted family man. He was kind and humble, and was always willing to offer help. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him, but especially his family. Remembrances can be made to the ARC of SW Washington, PHAME or Voices Unlimited.

A funeral Mass will be held at Resurrection Catholic Parish in Lake Oswego on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11 a.m., immediately followed by a reception at the church hall. A rosary service will precede the mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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