Jim Reynolds died Dec. 18 at the age of 69, four months after receiving a diagnosis of Stage IV pancreatic cancer. He fought hard but there was no winning this battle. Jim’s wife, Maureen Reilly, was with him when he passed away at home.
Jim was born in San Diego, the son of an American naval officer and his English wife. He lived in the Great Lakes region but spent most of his childhood and teens in West Seattle. He spent many years in the ship repair industry and switched to construction a decade ago. His last position was with Nisqually Construction Services as a construction inspector at SeaTac Airport.
Jim loved his family dearly and it gave him great pleasure and comfort to spend Sundays surrounded by them during his final illness. There are no adequate words to thank all the people who supported us, in so many ways, these last months. The Mustard Seed Project, Nisqually Construction Services, the Port of Seattle, Jim’s family, Maureen’s family, friends near and far, and the KP community in general made this terrible experience as bearable as it could be.
Grateful thanks go to Drs. Vincent Picozzi, Mark Beiter and Luke Seaburg, and their teams at Virginia Mason for their expert and compassionate care, and to CHI Franciscan Hospice Services for easing Jim’s transition into the next chapter.
Jim’s parents Lester and Vera preceded him in death as did his sister, Ellie, and niece, Denise. He is survived by his sister, Sue Carlson; brothers Bob (Diana) and Will (Julie) Reynolds; cousin Gary (Kathy) Etchells; son Nolan (Keri) Reynolds; nephews Steve (Cathy) and Bruce Carlson, Patrick (Michelle) and Nick Reynolds; nieces Cathy (Bruce) Stein and Stacy Hild; great-nephew Carter (Jessica) Carlson; great-niece Katie (Justin) Friant and her two sons Preston and Emmett.
A memorial gathering will be held at The Mustard Seed Project Feb. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Donations can be made to The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula in lieu of flowers or other tributes.
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