James P. Morris passed away of natural causes on December 6, 2022, in Olympia, Wash., his home of 15 years. He was born June 4, 1943, in Silverton, Ore. Over the years, he also resided in Portland, Ore.; Centralia, Wash.; Sequim, Wash.; and Estacada, Ore. After Jim retired, he and his partner, Maryann, would split the year between Olympia and Lake Havasu, Ariz.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy Reserves from July 1967 to May 1972. Professionally, he worked as a lumber broker.
Jim lived his life being strict in his ways. He also put extensive thought and research into everything he did or was planning to do. He took pride in living as a minimalist and being conservative. He had always dreamed of writing a book about living frugally. There was also a part of Jim that fully supported having fun, traveling, or even taking the family out to experience an extravagant and expensive meal, purely for the experience. While in public, Jim was talkative and friendly. This was also a way for him to gain knowledge in whatever he was thinking about at the time. Typically, his mind was on fishing: the locations, gear needed, costs, estimates. His dream was to someday make fishing a way to support himself while enjoying one of his favorite pastimes.
Jim enjoyed 35 wonderful years with his life partner, Maryann Schoonover. They loved being together, traveling together, and spending time with Maryann’s son, Bill Schoonover. When she passed away in 2021, Jim was a broken man. He never wrote his book about living frugally or relocated south to warmer climates.
Jim is survived by his stepson, Bill.
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