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JAMES BRUCE KING
October 30, 1922 ~ October 17, 2012
"Jim lived an extraordinary life and
worked hard to make everyone he met feel special."
James Bruce King passed away Oct. 17th surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on Oct. 30, 1922 in Enterprise, OR to Oscar and Julia (Bruce) King. He was joined by a sister, Betty, four years later. In 1926, the family moved to Longview, WA where Jim attended school, graduating from R.A. Long High School in 1941.
Later in that same year, while attending Lower Columbia College, WW II began and Jim joined the Naval Reserves. He was called into the Navy program at Whitman College in July of 1943, where he attended two semesters as an apprentice seaman. From there he was sent to Plattsburgh, NY for midshipman school. One of the most important dates of Jim's life was June 27, 1944. On that day he was commissioned an ensign and married his high school sweetheart, Betty Berkely.
The newlywed couple was then sent to San Francisco, where Jim shipped out and served as executive officer on a sub chaser in the South Pacific.
After the war, Jim, who was now a lieutenant junior grade, was sent to Seattle where he was "spot-promoted" to lieutenant and served as a judge-advocate of general court martial until his discharge in late 1946.
Jim then chose to complete his education at the University of Washington, where he received a degree in Journalism in June, 1948. Two days later he was hired as a reporter for the Seattle Times newspaper.
After a career marked by integrity and hard work, as well as humility and a wacky sense of humor, Jim retired from the Times in 1986, after 38 years of service, as the executive editor and senior vice president.
During his years spent in journalism, Jim received countless awards and held many positions, including serving as the director of both the Associated Press Managing Editors Association and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He was a Pulitzer Prize juror in 1983 and 1984 and received a Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of Washington school of communication in 2004.
Jim was encouraging to all and treated his fellow man with respect, regardless of their gender or race.
Jim's passing leaves a huge hole in the lives and
hearts of all who knew and loved him.
"It's time to go kids," heaven is waiting...."
Jim is survived by his second wife, Opal Burgess King of Vancouver, WA; his daughter-in-law, Julie King of La Center, WA; his grandsons, Aaron and Joel King of Vancouver, WA; two great-grandchildren; and two step-granddaughters.
Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty (Berkely) King in 2007; their only child, James Bruce King II in 2009; and his sister, Betty (King) Morhaus in 2011.
A memorial service will be held Sat., Nov. 17, 2012 at Longview Community Church, 2323 Washington Way, Longview, WA 98632 at 2:00 p.m.
Remembrances can be made to:
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Oct. 28, 2012