James Connon Price

Kind sweet gentle Jim, you are missed.

James Connon Price, Jim, was born Dec. 3, 1936. He went for a walk Sept. 18, ‘23 but didn’t return home. After many searches on Vashon Island and West Seattle where he spent most of his time, he was found deceased on Jan. 15,’24 in the Duwamish Greenbelt of W. Seattle. The family was very touched by all the people and organizations that passed out their postcards and fliers, and spent many days looking for him.

Born to Herbert and Evelyn Price, Jim grew up in W. Seattle and spent his summers with family on Vashon. He graduated from W. Seattle High, did service with the marines, then earned a B.A. in Interior Design from the U. of W. He had a career as a commercial interior architect. He used this background along with knowledge from his membership in Historic Seattle to restore a 1905 house in his retirement. He also designed an 8’ tall obelisk for the park in front of this house and maintained the park from then on.

Jim led a very active life. Jim and Sharon got married in Scotland and this was the first of many trips to other countries that included a summerteaching English in China. He also loved traveling the Puget Sound in a sailboat. As a boy he and his brother built a sailboat on their beach in Laurentide and raced it. As an adult he had a larger sailboat which he buoyed in front of his and Sharon’s house on Vashon. With such a fondness of boats, it was easy for The Center for Wooden Boats to entice him to become a volunteer at their Lake Union and Cama Beach locations. Jim also had a passion for running in 5 K’s to triathlons even into his 80’s. The annual Vashon 10k Bill Burby Race was his favorite. Over the years he won a number of racing ribbons medals and trophies. In his neighborhood he was frequently seen walking or jogging, sometimes accompanied by his beloved rescue dog, Wiley.

Jim’s social life included participating in many organizations in Vashon and Seattle, including those involving activism for social and environmental causes, the W. Seattle YMCA, and the Senior Center of West Seattle. As his classes at the Senior Center in Spanish, cribbage, and ukulele became more challenging for him, eating there with his lunch buddies became his focal point.

Jim is survived by his wife Sharon, two children, Connon and Anne by former wife Celeste, stepson Richard, and 6 grandsons: Tarkel, Vassar, Selius, Makai, Crue, and Osborne. His wonderful nephews and their families near and far have always played an important role in Jim’s life, too.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Senior Center of West Seattle June 1 at 2pm. There will be a funeral with Sharon’s family when his ashes are buried in a family gravesite in Irrigon, Oregon at a later date.

Kind sweet gentle Jim, you are missed.