James Edward Leavitt

August 13, 1956March 25, 2018

James Edward Leavitt, known as Jim, Jimmy or “Bumpa” to his family and friends, age 61, died suddenly on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 in a car accident not far from his home in Monroe, Washington.

Jim was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on August 13th, 1956 to his loving parents, Mary Jane Leavitt and Jack Martin Leavitt. Jim moved several times throughout his life given his father’s occupation as a meteorologist. He has lived in Cincinnati, Ohio; Anchorage, Alaska; Florence, Alabama, where he spent his adolescence; and Forest Grove, Oregon where he raised his family. Jim graduated from Bradshaw High School, Class of 1975, before advancing on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Auburn University. He worked as a successful architect for many dedicated years, the last six of which were spent working for Microsoft. He was an incredibly hard worker, a value which he received from his parents and modeled for his children and all of those around him. And in his spare time, Jim most enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially with his grandchildren; playing golf; watching football; traveling to new scenic areas near his home in Washington; working on projects around his property; and spending time with his horses and dogs. He had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the world for his job, and especially loved his trips to Ireland and Singapore. Jim always liked to cut loose and have a good time. He, like his father, was a beloved confidant of mischief amongst his grandkids and nieces and nephews. When ever Jim was around, sugar would mysteriously appear, boats would go too fast and baby’s belly’s would suddenly sound like trumpets.

Jim is survived by his loving wife Kelly, his mother Mary Jane Leavitt, his children James Leavitt and his wife Mariah Shipley, Kathleen Leavitt and her husband Alex Larson, and Lauren Kyle and her husband Darryn, his siblings Jay Leavitt, Joseph Leavitt, Janel Chapman, Jerome Leavitt, Jeffrey Leavitt, Joan Lane, Jeanne Reid, and Janice Pride, his grandchildren Brooke, Charlotte, and Tygh Kyle, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Jack Leavitt and his nephew and Godson James Lane.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on April 14, 2018 in Snohomish, Washington. Memorial donations in his name may be made to your favorite charity or one of Jim’s favorites, including: Sky Valley Food Bank, Southern Comfort Animal Rescue, and the Seattle Humane Society.


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David Brown

April 12, 2018

I had the good fortune of working with Jim on several of the Microsoft data center projects. Jim was a great architect, a true gentleman, and a real pleasure to work with. He was one of those people that when he called, you were happy to pick up the phone. I will miss working with Jim. My sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.

Jim Priester

April 11, 2018

Jim was a gentle giant who was definitely strong and often silent. I recall mostly his inseparable friendship with Jeff Bradley and their proud creation in High School of Clean Up Bradshaw, the acronym for which was an ode to the school mascot, a Bruin. My mother recalls fondly the heartfelt note Jim and Jeff wrote from Oregon when my father passed away. Jim and all the Leavitts were fixtures in our formative high school lives and left a strong memory of friendship and frivolity. No words can fully convey the depth of those imprints, but in death Jim has caused many to reach out to old friends to recall wonderful times. Condolences to all of the family.

Thomas Powers

April 6, 2018


Thanks for including among your work travels, many visits to Arizona to be an integral part of our architectural endeavors here in the Grand Canyon State. Your professional skills both technical and personnel are without equal. Your contributions to our projects here in Chandler live on today. Your legacy lives on here on the projects and people you touched. Well done!


Joe Duster

April 4, 2018

Words cannot describe how I felt, when I found out that Jim had crossed over. I remember how kind and soft spoken he was at Bradshaw High School. My prayers and thoughts are with the Leavitt Family. Jim will always be remembered as one of the nicest guy that one could ever have met. May your Soul Rest in Peace.

Mona Ashley

April 4, 2018

Jim was such a great friend. . . I'm praying for all of the family. May God bless and comfort each of you with sweet memories.

Mona Bratcher Ashley

Phil Abroms

April 4, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear about Jim. The Abroms family are all together in sending sympathy and prayers.

Lynn Ann Underwood

April 4, 2018

I too join the multitude of friends and family in being so shocked and heart broken to hear of Jim's death. Hugs and prayers to Kelly and family and to Mom Jane and her bunch. May you find comfort in your special memories and in knowing that Jim is laughing with Dad Jack, and sweet James! God bless you during this difficult time and those to come.

Charlene Barnett McDaniel

April 3, 2018

I’m so very sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the Leavitt family during this difficult time.

Paula Shipper

April 2, 2018

It is hard to believe Mr. Bradshaw High has left this earth. Jim was one of those rare individuals who made everyone feel important. What a positive and kind person! I remember him as a real leader at Bradshaw and I know he had real success after Bradshaw both in his family and professionally.
My condolences to his family.
Paula Shipper

Miguel Chang

April 1, 2018

I was shocked and saddened to learn about Jim. I'd met Jim in the early 90s and about 10 years ago we worked together at Jacobs in Lake Oswego. I'll always remember Jim as a friend, colleague and very principled Architect. My sincere condolences to his family.