Jim  Blue
Family Obituary

James Asa BLUE Was born in Wichita, Kansas, April 27, 1929. After a valiant fight, Jim went to be with recently accepted Lord on May 23. He died peacefully with his dogs nearby and Pam singing hymns to him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alta Emma and "John" "E" Blue, his brothers, Don of Huntsville, Alabama, Gene of Wichita, Kansas and his sister, Arlene of Quency, Florida. His wife of 58 years, who was also in his East High School sweetheart, Jeanne Ann remains in their Lake Stevens residence. He leaves his daughter, Teri Cantu and son-in-law, Ruben Cantu of Texas, son, Jim Blue and daughter-in-law, Tracy, and daughter, Pam Benson and son-in-law, Bill; all of Washington. He also leaves grandchildren, Amy VandenBosch, Helen Morgan, Shawna Stash, Kevin Rhodes, Michael Blue, Megan Blue-Juardo, Adam Blue and Alisha Blue, 7 great grandchildren plus 4 nieces and 6 nephews. As a young man, Jim was a Marine. Later on he supported his family working full time at Boeing while attending Wichita University full time. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration in June just days before the birth of his son. He was transferred to Washington by Boeing Wichita in about 1958 to the Minutemen Program near Federal Way. He worked 45 years for the Boeing Company. Starting in a part time job in the warehouse at the Wichita plant, at about age 16; he retired as a Corporate Vice President of Boeing in Washington. His career afforded him numerous opportunities to make international friends and business acquaintances which lasted for a lifetime. Jim played baseball in the Marines and both he and his father played for teams in the Midwest, and are honored in the Kansas Baseball Fall of Fame. Needless to say, baseball was one of his biggest passions throughout his life. He held season tickets to Mariners and Seahawks game for lifetime. He was on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Museum of Flight, and was instrumental in purchasing and donating a MIG-21 fighter jet in honor of his brother, Don, who had been a pilot for the Marines. He also was a key player in working with Lord King from Great Britain and others to get the SST donated to the Museum of Flight. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, waterskiing and bird hunting. He and his bird dogs walked many miles in many fields on those hunts. He instilled loyal relationships and a very strong work ethic into his family. Daddy had a wonderful gift of making people like old, lifelong friends, even upon first meeting. Anyone who has known him for even a short time will probably tell you, with a smile, that he was one great story teller. He was loyal and generous man who will be greatly missed by many people. At his wish, his remains will join in a family plot in Greenwood, Kansas. In memory of him, live and love life and people fully with the resources and capabilities God has given you. Donations in Jim's memory may be sent to North Snohomish Little League (425-308-2604) PO Box 1473, Snohomish, Wa 98291, Noah Animal Adoption Center (360-629-7055) 31300 Erandstrom Rd, Snohomish, Wa. 98292, or Pasados PO Box 171 Sultan, Wa. 98294.
Published in print on 5/26/2007.

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