James Jim L. Cavanaugh

April 27, 1939August 5, 2014

James “Jim” L. Cavanaugh died on August 5, 2014 at the age of 75. Jim was born on April 27, 1939 in Portland, Oregon to William and Wilma (Wight) Cavanaugh. Jim graduated from Portland Union Academy (now called Portland Adventist Academy) in 1956. He graduated from Portland State University with his BA degree. In 1994 Jim married Donna Todhunter in Portland. Jim was a member of Hood View Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boring, Oregon. He was involved with the interfaith group of greater Portland. Jim enjoyed hiking, mountain climbing, playing his trombone and viola, and singing in the Adventist Men’s Chorus. He enjoyed his travels with musical groups to Germany, Scandinavia and Romania. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Donna, of Portland, OR., daughter, Shelagh Cavanaugh, Oregon City, OR., son, Brian Cavanaugh, Cloverdale, OR., son, Kerry Cavanaugh, Battleground, WA. step-daughter, Jenny Severance, Scappoose, OR., step-daughter, Sharon Vieregg, Lake Oswego, OR., step-son, Kent Sheets, Gresham, OR., step-daughter, Kim Sargent, Aloha, OR., and step-son, Jeffrey Sheets, San Diego, CA, and his many grandchildren and his one great granddaughter. Donations may be given to the Adventist Frontier Missions, for the Freeman Project in Ireland, P.O. Box 286, Berren Springs, Michigan 49103. A celebration of Jim’s Life will be on Saturday, August 9th at 2:00 pm at Hood View Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 26775 SE Kelso Rd. in Boring, Oregon.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 9, 2014

James Jim L. Cavanaugh

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Allen Radke

August 19, 2014

I remember Jim as a little kid. He was James to all of us then and once we were in Academy all of us were known by our last names. Back in those years teenagers hardly ever called each other by the first name. He was Cavanaugh even girls were known by the last names. When we all heard he died we asked each about Cavanaugh-never using his first name.
Mt older brother was in his class and was five yrs older than me. I can remember he would come home from a birthday party at Jim's home [they were 10 yrs or so] and he would try and duplicate the homemade taffy or the popcorn balls that were made at the party. My brother hung out with James a lot in academy-he was over at our hommany times. I remember fast cars in the Cavanaugh family. I never remember any unhappy times around him. He always treated us little kid brothers okay. Allen Radke

The Staff of Bateman Carroll Funeral Home

August 7, 2014

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.