Jake Nicholas was born in Puyallup, Wa. on March 25, 1983. He attended Carbonado and graduated from White River High School where he participated in the FFA log show program. The White River Badaxe team won the state championship for 3 consecutive years with the help of Wayne Ramsey and the Buckley Log show committee and were honored in several assemblies by the staff at White River High. He went on to compete in the Buckley Log Show and excelled in the speed climb event and was known to celebrate at the Firehouse afterwards.
He then went into logging after graduating where he worked locally and out of state before pursuing a career as a Lineman where he received his Barehand Lineman training and travelled around the U.S. working with Helicopters on new construction and “chasing storms” on the East coast and southern states where he and his IBEW brothers helped to restore power to areas that had been hit hard by hurricanes and flooding.
Jake’s love of music took him to many open mics where he performed for and with his musical friends and family. He was a prolific songwriter, singer, and guitarist known around local venues and bonfires. He loved to hike and camp, fell and climb trees, ride street bikes and drive 4wd pickups. Although he worked and travelled all over the United States he considered himself a “Buckley boy” and felt at home in the Northwest.
Jake lived large, and made a lot of friends along the way. He will be missed by his parents Mike and Martha, and his siblings Becky and Chris, grandparents Smokey and Anita Nicholas, Paul and Cathy Long and all of his extended family and Brotherhood who considered him one of their own as did he in return.
There will be a celebration of life at the Buckley Eagles on March 31 for those who shared their life with Jake and would like to drop in between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. It will be recorded for his grandparents and others who are unable to attend. So bring your stories, photos, videos, and memories, and come share them with us.