Born: December 30, 1953
Died: February 19, 2013
Jimmy Howard Massey was born in Yuma, AZ to his parents Johnny and Fran. Jimmy, along with his parents and siblings, moved to Tacoma in 1966. He and his family moved to the Vancouver area in 1980 where he lived for the next 33 years. Jim worked for over 20 years as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor where he had an influence on so many lives. He worked for the past five years at Car Chevy World as a sales manager.
Jim survived many hardships and he used those experiences to help others and make a difference in people’s lives. He learned to live his life to the fullest acquiring many hobbies including fishing, poker, softball, and playing musical instruments. He had an incredible talent for playing guitar and writing music and poetry. His passion in life was fishing. He competed in as many bass tournaments as he could fit into his schedule. He also turned his knack for finding his own bait into a home business that he ran for many years. His leaving has brought more of his friends into our lives and for that we will be forever grateful.
Jim went to be with the Lord on February 19, 2013, after losing a short battle with cancer. He fought bravely and faced his fate with strength and appreciation for the opportunity that he was given to accomplish more of his dreams before leaving for heaven, including a trip to Mexico with his sister Jami and dear friend Bob Grovenburg. He was preceded in death by his brother Bobby Massey, father Johnny Massey, step-father Phillip Tracy, and niece Carrianna Massey.
Jim is survived by his mother Fran Tracy; six children Adam Massey, Heidi Beam (Ryan), Stacy Hiatt (Brock), Holly Wagner (Matt), Jeremiah Thayer, and Dylan Massey; grandchildren Tyler, Hunter, Elizabeth, Alexis, Faith, Kylie, and Victoria; brothers Jerry Massey and David Massey; sisters Mitzi Peffer and Jami Luther; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and many, many friends – especially Brian, Sophia, and Olivia Lindsay, and Candace, Kristi, and Sabrina Hanson who were more like family to him.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be made to the American Cancer Society.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 1:00 pm at the Lakeview Church of Christ, 1801 112th Street South in Tacoma