James David Raines
February 18, 1934 – March 10, 2018
"Being important isn't important ~ Being, is important."
James "Jim" David Raines passed away on March 10, 2018. He was born to Fred and Inez (Scarbrough) Raines (deceased) on Feb. 18, 1934. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Wilma (Walker) Raines; his son-in-law, Rod Shogren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He had one daughter, Jami Ellen and two sisters, Beryline Burnett and Alice Shriner, all deceased. Jim moved to Vancouver, WA in 1941. He graduated from Vancouver High School in 1952. He attended Clark College, Western Washington University, and Lewis and Clark College, receiving his BA, MA, and Doctoral studies. He also attended the University of Oregon Medical School (OSHU) for studies in speech therapy and hearing pathology to enable him to work as a speech and hearing therapist. His employment included the Vancouver School District as a Speech and Hearing consultant, Executive Director of the VEA, and a Director for the State of Washington WEA. During college years, Jim played baseball on scholarships. In later years, he played fast pitch softball for several teams, one being the State Champions. In later years, he coached Little League Baseball to boys in Bellevue, Washington, some from age 6 up to high school graduation. He currently was active in supporting athletics at Clark College. His involvement in sports also included being President and assigning secretary for the Evergreen Basketball/Football Association, while he officiated both basketball and football games, receiving the award for Outstanding Football Officiating. He most recently was inducted into the Football Officials Hall of Fame. Jim also had the opportunity to carry out his love of acting in plays in Summer Stock Theatre on the East Coast and some Off Broadway theatre in New York City. Among his many accomplishments are being President of the VEA, President of the SW Washington Coordinating Council, being a trainer for Pepperdine College American Arbitration Association, a member of the D.E.A.F. Board at the School for the Deaf, President of the Clark College Alumni Association and President of the Penguin Athletic Club (PAC). He was inducted into the Clark College Hall of Fame and received the President's Award for Excellence from Clark College Foundation. He was proud to be asked to be the best man for 5 of his friends. Jim enjoyed a good life, great friends and many pleasures of life. His Celebration of Life will be held on Sun., March 25, 2018 at 2p.m. at the Warehouse 23 Event Center. He wanted this celebration to be a time of remembrance and joy. Donations may be made in his name to the: Jami Ellen Raines Shogren Scholarship Fund at Clark College.
- Celebration of Life Sunday, March 25, 2018