Northwest NEWS

April 9, 2001


Obituary: James Stanley Beran

James Beran of Woodinville died in an accident on Friday, March 30, in Issaquah. Jim, a beloved husband, father, son, and best friend, was born on Sept. 25, 1954, in Warren, Ohio.
   Jim instilled in his family and all who met him a zest for life, a passion for adventure and travel, and a joy of learning. He was devoted to his wife and children and shared with them his respect and love for nature and the outdoors. He will be remembered as a generous man of high ideals and tremendous hard work, a man who believed strongly in positive choices and control over one's destiny.
   Jim was an electrical lineman and an IBEW member for 25 years in Ohio, Idaho, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and, most recently, with Puget Sound Energy.
   He spent 14 years volunteering for the community as a soccer and baseball coach in the Northshore area. Jim's life was an embodiment of his ideals of active citizenship and patriotism. His proudest accomplishment was the family he left behind.
   Jim is survived by his loving wife Gail of 26 incredible years; his daughter Sarah and her fiancé Rick in Beijing; his daughter Jessica, a sophomore at Gonzaga University; his son James, a junior at Woodinville High School; and many family and friends whose lives he changed forever.
   Those who knew and loved him are thankful for the too brief time they had together and will treasure the shared memories.
   A celebration of his life was held April 3 at Green's Funeral Home in Bellevue. In keeping with his devotion to the education of his children, the family asks that remembrances be made to the college fund of Jessica and James Beran, Washington Mutual Bank, 13425 NE 175th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072.