James Darby

Enumclaw native James “Jimmy” Darby died Dec. 9, 2011, at his daughter’s home in Echo, Ore., following a year-long battle with cancer. He was 76.

He was born March 10, 1935, in Enumclaw to Roy and Movano (Rogers) Darby. He attended Enumclaw High School and, following graduation, served in the U.S. Army, Navy and Army National Guard. On March 21, 1958, he married Linda Lou Henry. They raised their family in rural Enumclaw in a home that he built in his spare time while working at Isaacson Steel in Seattle. Family vacations were spent fishing at Alta Lake and clam digging in Grayland, Wash. When Isaacson Steel closed its Seattle plant in 1983, he set out on an adventure to Mena, Ark., to mine for gold with his brother-in-law Larry Thornton. After returning, he began work as a machinist for Boeing, retiring in 2005 at age 70.

He is survived by daughters Cindy Parks and husband Craig, Tammy Ellingsen and husband Don and Cathy Goode and husband Ed Josie; sisters Sharon Thornton and Dee Lund; brother Darrell Klanke; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sister Darlene Gilbertson-Mihelich.

Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park, immediately followed by a celebration of life gathering at the Men’s Clubhouse at the Enumclaw Golf Course, 45220 288th Ave. S.E.

Services are by Weeks’ Enumclaw Funeral Home. All are invited to sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.

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