James Alan DeWater 

James Alan DeWater 

February 2, 1950

December 15, 2019

On December 15, 2019, James Alan DeWater (Jim), a loving husband and father of six, passed peacefully from this world to the next, surrounded by family and his all-time favorite music.

Jim was born on February 27, 1950, in Seattle, Wash., to Walt and June Dewater. In 1978 he married Shirley Toms of Bellevue, Wash., formerly of Toronto, Canada. Together they raised five children and many, many cats. 

Jim was an avid reader, lover of big words, and was known for his emphatic storytelling. He also had a passion for music, replaying the same worn-out cassette tapes in his car on every road trip over and over, until all of his children gave in and also became fans of Lyle Lovett, The Eagles, and Pink Floyd. 

A musician himself, Jim enjoyed “nibbling around the edges” on his harmonica, and even performed live on stage with his son-in-law in both Seattle and Austin, Texas. 

Jim remained in the Seattle area all his life and was a prominent resident of Woodinville, Wash. There, he ran a local small business called Copier Support Northwest. 

He also coached girls’ fastpitch softball for Woodinville West Little League for several years. A passionate coach, he could, and would, describe in detail every play of every game of his entire tenure with the league.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father, Walt and June. He is survived by his beautiful wife Shirley, his six children, Andy, Sarah, Emily, Nathan, Rebecca, and Chelsea, his two sisters, Judy and Kathy, brother Steven, and many nieces and nephews. 

A small celebration of life ceremony for Jim will take place at the end of February at the Woodinville Cemetery, where Jim would pick apples from the giant apple tree and make his “Applesauce with Soul.” 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to Homeward Pets of Woodinville,

Rest in Peace, Coach. We love you, and we’ll take it from here.

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