CENTURY OF MOONLIGHT – The F/V Moonlight leaves ANB Harbor on the last day of 2009, under the last moon of the year. It was the second full moon in December, making it a blue moon. The boat was built in Sitka 100 years ago, in 1918. A story on boat building in Sitka is published in today's Sitka Sentinel. (Sentinel File Photo by James Poulson)

Jim Moffit

Jim Moffit

Former Sitka resident Jim Moffit, of Enterprise, Ore., passed away Sept. 23, 2017, at the age of 73.

He was born Aug. 14, 1944, in California, but grew up and went to school in La Grande, Ore.

Jim had a passion for the outdoors even as a young boy in Oregon. He loved to hunt, fish, camp and hike mountains.  He was able to work in the outdoors for the majority of his career with the U.S. Forest Service in scenic places he enjoyed exploring.

Jim and his wife Judy were married  for 51 years, and lived mainly in Alaska, raising their daughter and experiencing many adventures. They were in Sitka in the 1970s and 1980s, then moved back to Ketchikan and Thorne Bay. After he was diagnosed with cancer they relocated to Oregon to be closer to their daughter and family, and his medical care.

Jim built beautiful canoes, was a wonderful storyteller, an avid reader, and took great care in all that he did.

“He will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched,” his family said. “The fires he carefully built for many hot dog roasts over the years will warm all of our hearts in his memory.”

Jim is survived by his wife Judy,  and his daughter Lindy Thomas, his son-in-law Jon, and his granddaughter Keira, of Portland, Ore.

 

Per his wishes, a memorial is planned later to celebrate his life and to spread his ashes in the Wallowa Mountains in Oregon.

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