James “Jim” Fugate, an Enumclaw resident since 1938, died Jan. 28, 2011, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 85.
He was born Dec. 18, 1925, in Littcarr, Ken., to Bill and Bonnie Fugate. He moved at age of 3 to Mineral, Wash., with sisters Glenna and Lorene, where he began his lifelong love of the outdoors. He then moved to Enumclaw and attended Enumclaw High where he met Dolly, who became his wife. He served as a Navy medic during World War II. He married and started working in the logging industry but soon found his true passion in sales while working at Fisher Brothers selling furniture and appliances. He began a career in the car business at Collins Motor Co. in 1954 selling Fords and Mercurys. By 1957 he was the top salesman in his district, which included Washington and Oregon. He became part-owner of Collins Motor Co. in 1960 and obtained full ownership in 1966, changing the name to Jim Fugate Ford, which began the start of a family-owned dealership.
He spent many summers boating and swimming at Lake Tapps with family and friends. In his retirement years he loved hunting with his brothers-in-law and fishing with his sons. Many enjoyable moments involved family and friends golfing and sharing stories, most importantly treasuring his moments on the course with his wife Dolly. He was a member of Lion’s Club, on the board of Cascade Bank, an active member of Sacred Heart parish, and generously supported the community in many actives and charities.
He is survived by sister Glenna Skore; his wife of 63 years Dolly; children Sheela Kranc and husband Tom, Keith Fugate and wife Sandy, Gregg Fugate and wife Teri, Sandy Birkeland and husband Mark, Karen Fugate and partner Brita Nykreim and Sharon Fugate; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by great-granddaughter Alexis, daughter Kathy Rogers, son Bill Fugate and sister Lorene Grennan.
Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, and a funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, both at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Enumclaw.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association, 710 2nd Ave. No. 900, Seattle, 98104, or Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1614 Farrelly St., Enumclaw, 98022.
All are invited to sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.