James "Jim" Plamondon

August 5, 1944February 7, 2019
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James (Jim) Plamondon was born in Olympia, Washington to Harriet and Ralph Plamondon. The Plamondon family moved to the Laurelhurst neighborhood in Portland, Oregon during Jim's teenage years. Jim later raised his own family down the street from the house he grew up in.

Jim was passionate about education, and dedicated his professional life to teaching in the Portland Public School system. Never one to rest, he spent summers off painting houses. Retirement followed decades of fond memories of students and colleagues. His desire to learn transcended the standard curriculum. History held particular interest for him and he also studied Russian language. He was drawn to the Eastern European culture, visiting the former Soviet Union twice and making many friends in the Russian community in Portland.

He was active in his younger years, running marathons and competing in handball tournaments throughout Oregon. His love of sports extended to football and the Portland Trailblazers. He was an avid photographer and videographer. He spent hours photographing and filming family and dear friends, frequently documenting races, outings and parties. Old 8mm cameras without sound were no deterrent to his creativity. He would carefully sync his movies to favorite songs on vinyl records to capture the mood of the film.

Jim peacefully passed at Emanuel Hospital surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by father Ralph, mother Harriet, sister Mary Kay and brother Scott. He is survived by sister Susan, sons Jason and Matthew, daughter Sarah, grandchildren Taylor, Chloe, Hannah and Mitch, and niece Kristen and nephew Kory.


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, February 17, 2019

James "Jim" Plamondon

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Mallory Lessard

February 20, 2019

Mr. Plum as he had us call him : )
was my seventh grade teacher at Madeleine School. I have always thought of him as one of my greatest teachers. I feel he taught us about life outside the classroom and not just history and vocabulary as I remember were huge in his/our class.
Always lending you a listening ear and really preparing us kids for the real world. I am so grateful to have had him as an educator and feel sorry I never connected and told him that.
Thank you Mr. Plum <3

Will Wigmore

February 17, 2019

I was fairly new to teaching when I began my three year stint at Binnsmead Middle School. Mr. Plamondon was always encouraging and helpful as I stumbled and grew during my three years down the hall from Jim. He was one of the funniest guys I ever encountered in the school system. He had that irreverent sense of humor that is so essential when dealing with people, especially adolescents. Students in Jim's classes experienced a compassionate and fair minded man. He will be missed.

Kori Rush

February 16, 2019

My name is Kori and not only was I one of Jim's students, I also went to high school with and was friends with Jason and Dion. I will always remember Mr. Plamondon fondly as one of my very very favorite teachers. He was the one who taught us about fascism and dictators through amazing literature and great writers. 7th grade was my fondest year of literature. He gave us 1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, The Most Dangerous Game, every Edgar Alan Poe story... Yes, he was the best literature teacher I ever had.

Matt and Rita Corey

February 16, 2019

Jason Dion and family. Love and prayers from the Coreys. So hard to lose someone we have loved.