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Evergreen Funeral Home & Cemetery

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OBITUARY

James Taylor Bennett

22 March, 19595 February, 2020

James Taylor Bennett, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away in his sleep on February 5, 2020 at age 60. Jim was a longtime resident of Mukilteo, Washington.

Jim was born on March 22, 1959 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Vivian and James Bennett. He was the youngest of 6 children.

Jim graduated from Indiana High School, where he met his high school sweetheart, future bride and love of his life, Susan Cope. Jim was both a good student and a standout on the high school football team. After graduation, Jim attended Carnegie Mellon University, playing football for the Carnegie Mellon Tartans. Jim finished his education at the University of Colorado, earning his bachelor’s degree in Business. He spent most of his working career with the Frito-Lay Corporation, retiring as a Zone Operations Manager in 2017.

Jim and Sue were married on March 27, 1982, beginning a lifelong journey together that included raising their two daughters, Kristen and Katie. Their travels took them from Boulder, CO to Billings, MT to Spokane and Vancouver WA, finally moving to Mukilteo in 1999.

For Jim, family always came first. Above all else, he loved being a caring husband and energetic father, and in retirement found another role he absolutely cherished: being “Papa” to his first grandchild Ella. Jim completely immersed himself in this role as his main and favorite retirement “hobby.” He loved walking with Ella to the park, reading her favorite books to her, building “interpretive” Play-Doh statues with her, and playing his guitar for her entertainment. Jim was very excited about welcoming two new granddaughters into the world later this year, already planning puppet shows, tea parties, and more guitar concerts.

Jim was always genuinely friendly and easygoing, and had a natural ability to make others feel happy and welcome. He had a great sense of humor, a child’s enthusiasm for having fun, an innate brilliance for solving problems, and an uncanny ability to build, repair or assemble anything. Jim took great joy in life’s small moments and little things, and he always found a way to enjoy and see the humor in any situation. He was an inspiration, and his good nature firmly anchored his family and those who knew him. He was deeply loved by his family and siblings.

Jim’s humor, loving heart, and jovial spirit live on in his wife, Susan Bennett, daughters Kristen Bennett and Katie Wiegand, son-in-law Sean Wiegand, granddaughter Ella Wiegand, and siblings Mary Etta Goes, Carl Bennett, Deborah Williams, Rita Allee, and Kirk Bennett.

No services at his request. Remembrance may be made in Jim’s name to the American Heart Association.

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Bernie May

February 20, 2020

Pat and I were very good friends of Jim's parents and have memories of Jim and all his siblings. Kept track of many of them via
his parents when we last visited them in Florida.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Sue, the kids, and his siblings at this difficult time.
Bernie and Pat May
Indiana. Pa.

Barbara Cronk Rulewich

February 19, 2020

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Went to school with Jim. May the Lord bless you with wonderful memories and you find peace in days to come. God bless Jim's family.

Robert Baird

February 18, 2020

Very sad to hear of the passing of my old pal from Indiana, Pa. and IHS. Can still hear that Bad Company record playing in the background in Jimbob's basement. My deepest sympathies to his family. Vaya con Dios my friend.

Patricia Clark

February 18, 2020

Jim was a student in my 9th grade English class in the Indiana Junior High. He was an outstanding pupil with a wonderful sense of humor. After all these years, I can still see him sitting in the first row and ready for class to start.
My condolences to his family and fellow students. God bless.

Yvonne Buggey

February 17, 2020

Sending deepest sympathy to family and friends. May your memories bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time. Jim was a special person blessed to know him. Sue your in my prayers God bless love, Yvonne

Domenick Violi

February 17, 2020

There is just no way to put into words how this news made me feel. I had last seen Jim at his wedding but never forgot our great times together as friends at Indiana HS. I'll never forget that smile and laugh that made us all beam ! That memory will live forever. My prayers go out to Sue and the family. We lost a great one.

Tom Intili

February 17, 2020

Sue - I remember Jim from his first days at IHS. He was always pleasant, unflappable, cheerfully sane. He was accepted instantly. I know of no one who disliked him. My condolences to you and your family. Your loss is ours as well. Tom Intili

Moire Mclaughlin Bridges

February 17, 2020

Jim was a wonderful person. I have so many fond memories of him growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with all who will miss him deeply.

Dave Moore

February 16, 2020

Sue - we were so sorry to hear about Jim. Out thoughts are with you and your family now and the tough days ahead . Dave and Tina moore

William Bland

February 16, 2020

The news of Jim's passing has deeply saddened my heart. I extend my deepest sympathy's to the family.
Jim was a great friend and always brought great humor and that smile to every occasion. I will never loose the memories of the wonderful times we had together. Rest in peace Jim.

FROM THE FAMILY