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James Harlan

October 23, 2016

Jim passed away October 23, 2016, at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles. 

Jim was born to Emory and Dorothy (Ingersoll) Harlan in Loma Linda, California, on February 2, 1938. His parents were living in Colton, California, at the time but moved to San Bernardino, California, when Jim was about 2 years old. He grew up there. 

Following high school, he spent two years active duty and four years in the reserves of the U.S. Navy. He was stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. It was in Bremerton, Washington, that he was released from active duty. That was his introduction to the great Northwest and the Olympic Peninsula. 

Following his discharge, Jim enrolled in the local community college and earned an associate degree in business. 

Jim and Nancy (Shannon) married in 1960 in San Bernardino. After working for a monument and casket firm for a few years, Jim became the owner of Westwood Casket Company for 30 years until his retirement. 

While searching for the perfect place to retire, they happened onto Sequim. Following Jim's retirement, they moved to the golf community of Sunland in Sequim in December 1999. They indeed found the perfect place. 

While living in Sunland, Jim served a three year term on the SunLand Owners Association (SLOA) Board of Directors and another three-year term on the SunLand Division 11 Board of Directors. He was elected president to each board during his terms. 

The friends and relationships he made in Sunland and Sunland Golf & Country Club were very special to him. He held them all in very high regard. 

Jim was also a member of the Elks, Navy League of the United States, International Footprinters Association and the USS Hornet Museum Association. 

He enjoyed driving his 1956 Ford pickup, golf, travel, poker, dominoes and entertaining his family and friends. 

Jim had one brother, Herb, who preceded him in death. 

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; nieces Diane (Ron) Stevens, Carol (Jim) Wyckoff, Linda (Rusty) Krause, Lisa (Harry) Hall; nephews Craig (Cheryl) Harlan and Gary Shannon; six grandnieces; and three grandnephews. 

Donations may be made to the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Program, c/o Navy League of the United States, Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council, P.O. Box 5719, Bremerton, WA 98312. Make checks payable to Navy League of the U.S. but indicate on the check it is to go to the Sea Cadet Program. 

Jim will be buried today, November 2, 2016, in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. - 


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