Jim Wright, who retired to Olympia in the late 1970s and then served a dozen years on the Port of Olympia commission, died Friday. He was 95.
Wright worked for the business Monsanto for 32 years before retiring to South Sound. He was elected to the port commission in 1980, when the commission was focused on revitalizing the port, and served as a commissioner until 1992.
Before going to work for Monsanto, Wright served in the Navy and attended the University of Washington.
He is survived by Stephanie Scheiffler, his wife of 67 years, as well as two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Commissioner Bill McGregor was on the port staff when Wright was a commissioner in the 1980s, when Swantown Marina was built on East Bay.
“I remember him to be pro-port and always a gentleman,” McGregor said, adding that the two of them had had lunch as recently as November.
Commissioner Joe Downing worked alongside Wright when they both served on the port’s citizen advisory committee. In spring 2012, the two worked on the fuel dock public participation process. Downing said it was helpful having Wright involved because he offered the insight of a previous commissioner.
“He was a great guy and civic-minded, and he encouraged others to be civic-minded,” Downing said.
A celebration of life is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Olympia Country and Golf Club, 3636 Country Club Road NW.