The family of Master Chief Jim Lampman honor his memory following his passing on October 4,2020 in Puyallup, Washington. Above all, Jim was a family man. Sharing his life with Jennifer, his devoted wife of 30 years, recently celebrated that accomplishment with a kiss at “the top of the world”. His twins, Janet and Valerie born in 1999, were his pride and joy. Together with Jennifer, they raised these girls into the strong young women they are today. Jim was so proud to see them each find their own path and begin their college education.
Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and his sister Theresa. Jim also leaves his siblings Jo Keisman (Texas) and Larry Paul (Iowa) along with his many nieces and nephews all of whom he loved very much. Jim loved all kids. They were just naturally very comfortable with them. He loved his role as “Uncle Jim” and felt a special connection with each of his nieces and nephews.
Jim had a 30 year career as Navy Master Chief, and served our country all over the world in both tense situations and peaceful times. The Gulf War, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, Somalia Relief and Kosovo Hurricane Relief were some of the areas he bravely served. Humanitarian missions were always his favorite. His brave exterior was shielding a very warm heart. His role as a Construction Electrician in the Seabees provided the opportunity to mentor many incoming sailors over the years. Over and over again Jim demonstrated his loyalty and commitment to the Navy and the sailors whose careers he touched along the way. As a civilian Jim continued his work with the Army Corp of Engineers (USACE). In 2017 he spent several months in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria with the corps running crews to help get electricity to the island. Again, this type of work was what he loved.
Following retirement Jim continued to work, but was finally home for good with the family he loved. Spending time with his family at home or hiking in the woods was what made Jim the happiest. He had time to enjoy his cats and watching the Seattle Seahawks, his favorite team. The family cannot express how much we will miss Jim. We are fortunate to have a lifetime of memories in our hearts and each other to help us in the days ahead. Today we wish for fair winds and following seas to our husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to many. Go in peace Jim until the day we can be together once again.
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