Jim Brown deserves the title of “Mr. Tumwater” even though he was born in old St. Peter Hospital and passed away 90 years later in the new St. Peter Hospital (only because Tumwater never had a hospital). Jim also graduated from Olympia High School as that was the only high school in the county then. It was a 3-story building on Capitol Way across from the new capitol building.
I won’t be able to list everything Jim was involved in, but his first love in his 90 years was always Tumwater. He was true to his faith at the First Christian Church and even came early to turn the furnace on. Jim enjoyed being a long-time member of the Tumwater Rotary Club. His civic duties included school board, the beautiful pink cherry trees along the streets in the spring, and founding of two parks.
I haven’t forgotten his unique ability to find wild blackberries. He could always find those tiny berries when nobody else could and was willing to share them with everyone. Jim always headed the OHS class of ‘41 reunions. His wife, Helen, always headed the OHS class of ‘42 reunions. It’s the end of an era of dedication that won’t be seen again.
So long, “Mr. Tumwater,” it was a privilege to know you. Until we meet again.
Patricia (Sullivan) Connolly