James Edward Deal
15, 1933 -
January 31, 2017
James Edward Deal was born
on December 15, 1933 in Newark, Ohio, to Robert Fitzsimmons Deal and Ethel
Fern Hall. Jim was raised by his mother and step-father, Harry Hillard
college, Jim enlisted in the United
States Air Force. In 1958 he met and married Mary
Ann Higbee of Salt Lake City, Utah. They were eventually sealed in the Salt
Lake Temple. Jim rose to the rank of Colonel. His career was as an Aircraft
Maintenance Officer. He retired from the Air Force in 1989, after more than
34 years on active duty. Shortly thereafter, Jim was hired by Boeing as a
Logistics Analyst on the F-22 Raptor program retiring in February 2011.
Jim and Mary Ann were blessed with a son, Michael Higbee Deal (wife Kyle
Marie Shumway), and a daughter, Marianne Yvonne Deal Yule, 7 grandchildren,
and 6 great-grandchildren. About six weeks after their Golden Wedding
Anniversary, his beloved Mary Ann passed away suddenly. That was a difficult
time for Jim.
March 24, 2012, Jim married Karolyn Jean Langford Walden in the Seattle
Washington Temple. His family grew, adding three daughters; Laura Walden
Anderson (husband Duwayne); Krista Walden Nelson (husband Gary}; and Kaylie
Walden Streibel (husband Tedd); 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Jim was a man of great faith who set a remarkable example for others. He
loved his Savior and he loved his family. Jim was an active member of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jim and Karolyn were active in
Wrinkles of Washington (WOW), a group of senior performers. They also loved
bicycling and snow shoeing.
Jim passed away on January 31, 2017 after a courageous, year-long battle
with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife and children, his older
brother, Robert (wife Marlene McCullough) and many grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 11, at 1 PM at the Union
Park Ward Bldg, 700 E. 7500 So., Midvale, UT with a viewing immediately
preceding at 11:30 AM. A viewing will also be held on Friday evening, Feb
10, from 6-8 PM at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. Dimple Dell
Road (10600 S.), Sandy, UT. Interment at
the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery. The family will also hold a Memorial
Service at 11AM on Feb 25th, at the Star Lake Ward building, 28616 48th
Avenue South, Auburn, WA.
Published in the
Seattle Times on Feb 5, 2017