James Selover

Obituary of James Richard Selover

James Richard Selover passed away of myelofibrosis (bone marrow cancer) on May 27, 2021, in Olympia, Wash.  He was born July 12, 1941, to James Carl Selover and Isobel (Ferguson) Selover in Bellingham, Wash.


Jim was raised in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he attended Santa Barbara High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Jim earned a BA from San Fernando State, and MA from California State College-Los Angeles. He taught for seven years in the Pasadena School District, and then was a teacher and coach in the North Thurston School District, from 1975 to retirement in 2005.


Jim married Nona Carpentier in 1967; they later divorced.  On July 5, 1988, he married Donna Hawkins in Kauai, Hawaii. For the past 15 years, they have spent winters snowbirding in Palm Desert, Calif. 


Jim was very loving, warm, caring, and outgoing.  His students were drawn to him; he built strong relationships with them, as well as with his friends and family. He loved scuba diving, golf, tennis, swimming, and traveling all over the world with Donna. He was a member of St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Lacey, Wash., and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert.


He is survived by his wife, Donna Louise Selover of Olympia; daughters, Amanda Burnside (Michael Meske) of Olympia, and Melissa Bartholomew (Travis) of Tacoma, Wash.; stepdaughter, Jana Hawkins of Marysville, Wash.; stepson, Joel Hawkins (Christine) of Olympia; grandchildren, Rianna Burnside, Olivia and Ella Bartholomew; sisters, Patricia Fitchen (Richard) of Encinitas, Calif., and Georgie Perkins (Robert) of Santa Barbara.  He was predeceased by his parents, James and Isobel Selover; and maternal grandparents, George and Eleanor Ferguson.


A celebration of life will be held Sunday, July 11, 2021, 1:00 p.m. at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia, WA 98501.


Memorial donations for cancer research may be made to MPN Research Foundation at www.mpnresearchfoundation.org.


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Celebration of Life

1:00 pm
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Indian Summer Golf & Country Club
5900 Troon Lane SE
Olympia, Washington, United States
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