James Birdsey Corlett

September 7, 1924July 17, 2013

James B. Corlett (Jim) passed away on July 17, 2013 in Lake Oswego, OR at the age of 88. He was preceded in death by his wives, Letha Matthews Corlett (Aug. 2001) and Janet Ingstad Corlett (Nov. 1993). Also preceding him in death were his parents Donald Dexter Corlett and Eleanor Foster Corlett Visser, and his older brother Donald Robert Corlett. Jim was born on September 7, 1924 in Iowa City, IA.

Jim attended the University of Washington and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. While in college he worked in a landscape business, and after graduation for the U.S. Forest Service. Jim managed tree farms for Oregon Pulp and Paper in Salem, OR (now Boise Cascade). He continued his career managing the Oregon Forest Protection Association, and later established "Dendro Protection,' consulting with the Western States Forestry Task Force.

Some of Jim's favorite memories were his years flying as a Navy pilot during WWII. He loved to recount stories of taking off and landing on aircraft carriers. Later he flew as a test pilot for the Navy. Sailing was a lifetime passion and many knew of his adventures building his own sailboat Aquila. He enjoyed many voyages with family to Puget Sound and British Columbia. Jim was an avid gardener and loved to travel. His favorite "ports of call" were Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia, and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Jim is survived by his children, Jennie Corlett (Lynn Anderson), Tom Corlett (Doris), and Margie Corlett. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Sarah Vannice-Linscott, Jason Vannice, Elizabeth Belisle, Daniel Corlett, Andrew Corlett, and Elise Kandra Corlett; as well as ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Donna Raymond, brother Richard Corlett, and brother Doug Corlett (Randi Zink), all of Seattle.

A Life Celebration honoring Jim will be held on August 24th at 2:00 PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, where Jim was a longtime member. The address is 15751 Quarry Road, Lake Oswego, OR. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to a charity of your choice.


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Donald Wienk

August 11, 2013

Your Dad was such a good friend at specifically during a hard time of my life by lending me his ear. I will continue to remember our times together at the Monastery in Utah until I pass away myself. May God comfort you and family with pleasant memories of Jim.
Don Wienk

Catherine Baglien

August 1, 2013

Margie and Ellie, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I miss you and would love to get together when things calm down. Let me know if there is anything that I can do. Catherine Baglien

Carol Ingstad

August 1, 2013

I am remembering the many times he visited our home. I know this is a great loss to all of the family. He will be missed.
Carol Ingstad

Lin & Tom Lasater

July 29, 2013

Jenny, Tom, Doris, Margie, & Family,
Uncle Jim was kind, caring, and liked to tease. I really enjoyed any time I was with your family. His faith in God shined through his delightful personality. We send our prayers and deepest sympathy at this time. May the memories of him be a comfort to you all.

In Christ's love,
Lin and Tom Lasater

July 29, 2013

am so truly sorry for the loss of your Dad Tom & Doris & family you are all in our hearts & prayers hugs & loves Larry & Ivalou hartman

Dave Jessup

July 28, 2013

I have many fond rememberances of the years I worked with Jim as his assistant between 1969 and 1981, but also as a friend after that 'till just a few years ago. He was so generous, kind and friendly to just about anyone he met. I'll never forget his jovial manner in the office. His favorite greeting to me was "Davy me boy" is his pirate like accent. I loved spending time with Jim as we travelled around the State attending numerous meetings! Jim was a good mentor and friend.

Staff of Young's Funeral Home

July 28, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.