James Mason Caldwell, 73, passed away on June 7, 2018, in his home in The Dalles, Ore.
He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Caldwell Green and her husband Tom; their children, Riley, Emily, Jordan and Tommy, his son, Matt Caldwell and wife Tania; their children Morgan, Taylor, Matty, Bryson and Mason; and great-granddaughter Lucy. He was proceeded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Charlene Caldwell; parents Al and Alice Caldwell; and brother Wally.
Jim was born Oct. 12, 1944, in Portland, Ore., but moved with his parents to The Dalles at a young age where, he attended Petersburg Elementary School and then The Dalles High School. After schoo,l Jim married his high school sweetheart Charlene Keller and they proceeded to raise their children in The Dalles where they remained for the rest of their lives. they resided in the same family home Jim grew up in.
Jim developed many different hobbies and interests during his lifetime, bringing with him lots of friends, fun and adventures. He spent his 20s motor cross racing, developed a love for team roping in his 30s and was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life. He was also a fan of NASCAR and became interested in politics later in life (sorry to his Facebook friends). He loved the friendships he made and had several childhood friends he remained close to up until his death. Most of all he loved his family. He was a man's man and loved sharing a beer or 12 and telling stories with just about anyone, always with a quick, inappropriate joke and a warm smile. He was also a big animal lover and enjoyed pets, specifically his dogs, who always slept with him and had their own treat bowl in the fridge filled with hot dogs.
He was a welder, pipe fitter and union member for 43 years and his career took him to many different places around the United States and the world. He spent time in Alaska, Montana, California and American Samoa, then began to travel overseas working in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Ireland. Seeing different parts of the world brought him lots of joy and he loved getting to know people from different cultures and experiencing their way of life. It also gave him many more stories to tell when given the chance.
Jim's requested that no official memorial service will be held in his honor.
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