James Lee “Jim” Collins, 74, passed away at home on the evening of May 22, 2018.  He was looking forward to heaven and being reunited with his beloved wife, Joan.  Born on November 7, 1943 In Eatonville, Washington, Jim was a lifelong resident.

     Jim met Mary Joan Clark, his beloved wife of 44 years, in Virginia while he was serving in the Army.  They spent their first years of marriage stationed in Germany, which they enjoyed.  After his discharge, they moved back to the Eatonville area to raise their family.

Jim was a man of many talents.   

     He worked in the logging industry as a timber faller and mechanic, owned and operated a service station, and spent his final working years with Tacoma City Power at the Cushman Power Plant.  He was always ready and willing to lend a hand with building or repair to whomever was in need.

     He served people as he served his Lord, wholeheartedly.  He will be missed

by many.      

     His beloved wife, Mary Joan Collins, preceded him in death in 2007. He lost many other relatives and closely held friends before his own passing.   He is survived by his children, Heidi Patrick (Mark) of Castle Rock, Steve Collins (Heidi) of Eatonville, Jonathan Collins (Cathy) of Eatonville, his brother Richard Collins (Maureen), and two sisters Mary Ann Wicks (Bill), and Georgia Farris, as well as 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.   His family was his joy, and they will miss him greatly.

     A funeral and reception to honor his life will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018.  11 a.m. internment at the Eatonville Cemetery with reception immediately following at the High School Commons.  All who knew him and were touched by Jim’s life are welcome to attend.