James ‘Jim’ Clark Byron: Aug. 20, 1930 – June 29, 2020

James ‘Jim’ Clark Byron: Aug. 20, 1930 - June 29, 2020

James (Jim) Clark Byron passed away with his family by his side on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the home of son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Cheryl Byron. He was 89 years of age.

Since the passing of his beloved wife, Anne Mason Byron in 2019, Jim resided in Gilbert, Ariz. to be closer to family.

Born in Saginaw, Mich., on Aug. 20, 1930, he spent most of his childhood in Bay City. He was an athletic child competing in speed-skating and playing football. He graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in general education.

After college, Jim served in the U.S. Air Force. He enlisted in 1951 and was active duty until 1960. He was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, GCMDL CLP W/4 Br LPS (14 Mar 57 – 13 Mar 60), SO H-156/60, HQ KTTC AFLSA W/1 Br OLC (1 Mar 59). He later returned as a reservist for 17 years to finish his service; retiring from the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1990.

He met his wife, Anne, and they were married in 1950. From 1973 to 1980, Jim and his wife Anne owned and operated a hotel in Westfield, Vt.

Jim and Anne moved to Whidbey Island, Wash., in 1996, after having visited their children in 1991 and falling in love with it.

Jim was a humble man who enjoyed reading, collecting Air Force plane models, and other eclectic mementos of his past. He liked to take cruises with Anne, spending time with family and driving his cars.

Jim is survived by his three children, Bob, Kathie and Jon; two grandchildren, Christa Mann and Elizabeth Oh; and three great-grandchildren, Hannah Chesley, Jonathan Perkins, and E Mann. Preceding Jim in death are his parents and wife, Anne.

The Byron family suggests memorials in Jim’s name to his favorite charities: Paralyzed Veterans of America, by phone at 1-800-555-9140 or online at www.pva.org/; and The Salvation Army, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/

A memorial service for Jim will take place at 11 a.m. Aug. 18, 2020 at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor, Wash. There will also be a service with full military honors 12:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, Wash. Please visit Jim’s page in our Book of Memories online at to share memories and leave condolences.

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