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In Memory of

James Welby TRASK

November 26, 1929 - November 21, 2016

Obituary


James Welby Trask passed away at his home shortly before his 87th birthday surrounded by his loving wife, Marlene, and children. Jim is survived by his children, Teresa Walton (Ron), Jeffrey Trask (Becky), Cindy Ross and Julie DuPont; 11 grandchildren, Colleen, Stephanie, Heather, Nick, Alison, Jennifer, Jamie, Matthew, Jared, Jacob and Jordan; and 12 great-grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Jade, Amber, Orin, Anna, Alyssa, Lacey, Riley, Adam, Harper, and Elijah.



Born and raised in Portland, the son of James and Susan (Cutler) Trask, Jim was a lifelong resident of Portland and Gresham. He was preceded in...

James Welby Trask passed away at his home shortly before his 87th birthday surrounded by his loving wife, Marlene, and children. Jim is survived by his children, Teresa Walton (Ron), Jeffrey Trask (Becky), Cindy Ross and Julie DuPont; 11 grandchildren, Colleen, Stephanie, Heather, Nick, Alison, Jennifer, Jamie, Matthew, Jared, Jacob and Jordan; and 12 great-grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Jade, Amber, Orin, Anna, Alyssa, Lacey, Riley, Adam, Harper, and Elijah.



Born and raised in Portland, the son of James and Susan (Cutler) Trask, Jim was a lifelong resident of Portland and Gresham. He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Vincent.



Two months after graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1947, Jim joined the US Army where he proudly served in Korea and Japan. Jim was a dedicated Patriot. He was proud to fly the American flag on the pole in the front yard of their Gresham home.



After his honorable discharge from the Army in May 1950, Jim met his future bride, Marlene Hohenleitner. They were introduced by mutual friends in September 1950. Jim proposed to Marlene one month later and suggested they get married April 1st. Marlene accepted the engagement ring and, recognizing his sense of humor, convinced him to set their wedding date one week later on April 8, 1951, rather than on April Fool’s Day. Their formal ceremony was at Moreland Presbyterian Church and they honeymooned in Vancouver, B.C.



Shortly before their marriage, Jim started his career working in the de-burring



department at Iron Fireman Manufacturing Company, a coal stoker company that had built aircraft parts for defense during World War II. Before Boeing acquired the Portland plant In 1974 Jim had seen many company name changes. The firm was owned by Electronic Specialty, then Radiation International prior to becoming Boeing Portland. During his 41 years, he had worked on grinding & profile milling machines, served as supervisor, layout man and trouble-shooter.



As newlyweds, Jim and Marlene bought their first home, hoping to start a family soon. Their first child was a daughter, Teresa Lynn, born in 1954, followed by son, Jeffrey James, in 1956, and daughter, Cindy Kay, in 1959. They moved to the Creston neighborhood in 1962 and were blessed with their third daughter, Julie Anne, in 1969, completing their family.



Jim was active with the Boy Scouts for seven years while his son, Jeff, was growing up, accompanying the boys on monthly weekend and summer camping trips. One summer the fathers drove 54 teenaged Explorer Scouts to Philmont, New Mexico, for a three-week camping trip. While sightseeing through San Francisco on the trip south they stopped at Joe DiMaggio’s Restaurant at Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch. Joe greeted them at their table—quite a thrill for all the boys and their fathers to talk to “Joltin’ Joe”!



Always an athlete, Jim ran track, played football and basketball. He was center fielder and first baseman for his employer’s fast-pitch softball team, hit 168 home runs and was honored as the Industrial League Outstanding Player of the Year in 1964 by the Portland Softball Association. He suffered serious back injuries sliding and stealing bases through the years and reluctantly quit softball after 21 years of competition and fun for himself and the family. He also coached his son’s Little League baseball team and the Boeing Women’s baseball team.



Now 64 years old & retired, he joined friends in the Big Mouth Golf League at Glendoveer Golf Course and got a hole-in-one. All of his life he enjoyed participation in league bowling teams and at the age of 70, rolled 17 consecutive strikes, scoring a 300 game and 279 game. Marlene was now bowling with him in a Senior League.



They traveled the Northwest with friends, Pepper and Mary Howland, to walk in 246 Volkswalks. Jim and Marlene made memories travelling with their many friends on cruises to Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal and the Scandanavian countries & Russia.



Jim’s retirement now could be termed Volunteerism. He joined the Boeing Portland Retirees Holiday Community Outreach men and women every October under the leadership of co-workers Kelly Broomall and Fred Kreiger to build thousands of hand-made doll cradles, cars, trucks and trains. Every Christmas the toys were delivered to area hospitals, charities, and directly to homes.



The retirees became known as “Kelly’s Elves”. Following the events of September 11, 2001, this program focus grew to include the children of those lost in the attacks on the Pentagon and New York City. Working closely with liaisons from the NY Police & Fire Departments plus military representatives, the Elves produced 275 additional cradles and train sets, equaling 7000 volunteer hours over two years –for the families of 9/11 victims!



Jim also became a member of the Boeing Highway Cleanup crew on a regular basis.



During his lifetime, Jim donated 33 gallons of blood to the Red Cross and volunteered there every week from 1992 to 2016 and served on the Board of Directors his final year. His smile brightened every room he entered. He was a friend to everyone .



Jim and Marlene shared more than 65 years of beautiful experiences together with their loving family and friends. Jim was truly a gentle man.



A Committal Service with Military Honors will be held at 2 pm Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Willamette National Cemetery with Command Sergeant Major US Army Retired Gerald Schleining officiating. A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Trinity United Methodist Church, SE 39th & Steele Street, Portland. Friends and family are invited to attend both services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to American Red Cross or Providence Hospice.