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Sam Jim Sr.

 

Sam Jim Sr.

"Sula-kia-heet" Sam Jim Sr. (81) of Goldendale passed away in Goldendale on August 19, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born in Roosevelt, WA on August 21, 1933 to Bill and Annie (Popkiawahnee) Jim. He was raised and educated in Roosevelt and Arlington, OR and Chemawa Boarding School. On June 5, 1965 he married Bernice Smartlowit in Georgeville. Sam will be remembered as a hard working man who always provided for his family and inspired many people in their jobs and led many to the Lord. His calling was being a minister at the 1910 Shaker Church. He taught traditional culture to all and was a fluent speaker of the Yakama language. Sam worked as a law enforcement officer for many years for the Yakama Nation and for Inter-Tribal Fisheries. He was a fisherman, worked as a fisheries biologist and was currently in his 17th year as a Yakama Nation Tribal Councilman. He loved pro wrestling and attending the matches, watching his family participate in pow-wows, fishing, hunting and rodeo. Sam is survived by his wife, Bernice of Goldendale; six daughters, Sandra (Damian) Solomon of Wapato, Sharlene, Stacy, Sonja and Stephanie Jim all of Goldendale and Yvette (Ricardo) Briones of Richland; four sons, Stuart (Espoke) Jim of Wapato, Simeon (Shaarnute) Jim of Toppenish, Sullivan and Samuel Jim both of Goldendale and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; three sons and a granddaughter.

Dressing services were held at Colonial Funeral Home on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 9 a.m. with overnight services following at the Rock Creek Longhouse. Funeral services were held at sunrise Saturday at the Pine Creek Cemetery. Friends can send condolences at http://www.toppenishfunerals.com. Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

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