James Starrett Green Sr.

June 28, 1934November 8, 2020

Beloved Dad, Grandfather, Brother and Friend

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held, 1 pm, Saturday, November 28th. Jim passed away, November 8th at his home surrounded by the care and love of his family. He was 86 years old.

James Starrett Green, was born June 28, 1934 in Salem, Oregon to Arthur N and Edith Starrett Green the eldest of two sons. He was the first graduating class from Lake Oswego High School, Class of 1952. In 1955 he married the love of his life, Vivette Lee Sparling on September 24, in Portland. From this union they had four children. Jim attended University of Oregon and when on to receive his Masters Teaching degree from Portland State University. He taught at Gresham High, Sandy High and Tillamook High Schools. In 1971 he made the transition to real estate where he was successful and was able to retire early at the age of 58.

Jim was an avid golfer and Bridge Player enjoying both in retirement when they moved to Palm Springs. Jim and Vivette were members of Trinity Lutheran Church and were active after they moved back to the Gresham area. His was a member of Glendoveer Golf Course and Men’s Club and was a longtime Member of the Gresham Toastmasters. When he was a young man his mother, Edith Green was an Oregon Congress woman, serving in office from January 1955 – December 1974. During this time Jim assisted her and it was during this time He was honored to meet President Harry Truman and Vice-President, Herbert Humphrey, helped with the reception of John F. Kennedy in Portland and was active in the Bobby Kennedy campaign.

Jim is survived by his children; Jim Green, Jr., Cheryl Ford, Michael Green and Stan Green, Grandchildren; Sharice, David, Nathan and Christina Green, Great Grandchildren; David II and Vinchenca Green and brother Richard Green. His pre-deceased by his beloved wife on August 30, 2016.

Contributions can be made in his memory to: to Zarephath Ministries, 59 NW Ave Ave, Gresham, OR 97030


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 28, 2020


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Rob Fussell

November 25, 2020

'Mr. Green' sparks vivid memories of a very special Sandy High School teacher I had in 1963-64. I can still clearly visualize his radiant smile and sense of humor that earned him great respect from the kids he touched. He was a teacher that made a positive difference in a lot of kid's lives. I was one of them!


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