James Floyd “Jim” Skieens died Dec. 19, 2015, at home in Frederickson, Wash. He was 78.
He was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Wright City, Okla., to the late Floyd and Lucille Skieens. The family moved to Washington when he was 8. He graduated from Clover Park High School in 1955 and served four years in active duty with the U.S. Air Force. He worked several years as a barber in Enumclaw, spent time in real estate, then bought a boat and spent several seasons fishing commercially for salmon in Alaska. He loved the mountains and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. With his wife, he enjoyed hunting for antique kerosene lamps throughout the country. He enjoyed photography, specializing in photographs of Mount Rainier, wildlife and family and friends.
He is survived by wife Joan; daughter Karen Skieens (Alex); sons David Skieens (Melinda) and Ed Skieens (Chris); stepsons Carey (Chrissy), Lee (Stephanie) and Jim (Lisa); sister Dara Hunt; five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Conley Skieens.