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James Sarsfield



James (Ed) Sarsfield went to his Heavenly Father on February 23, 2013.

He was born Dec. 2, 1929 in Portland, Ore., to William A. and Agnes (Hoctor) Sarsfield. He graduated from The Dalles High School and won a full scholarship to the University of Oregon as a star linebacker. This was a special time for him, as for the rest of his life he considered himself an Oregon Duck. On Dec. 9, 1966, he married Betty Ann Thomsen and they continued to farm in Goldendale, for several years. Following this, Ed and Betty moved to Woodinville, WA where he worked as a prison guard for the Monroe Reformatory. Finally, he and Betty returned to his beloved Oregon and settled in Salem where he worked at the Salem Post Office.

Ed loved taking trips with Betty, music, and watching Perry Mason and old westerns. In 2011, Ed moved to White Swan, where he lived with his sister-in-law Janice. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in White Swan. Due to ill health it became necessary for him to move to Emerald Care where he made many friends; a very special one was his roommate, Earl.

Ed is survived by his two step-children, Cathy (Rick) Davidson and Dennis (Laurie) Thomsen, step-grandchildren Carl (Jeannette) Davidson, Cristin (Brad) Stubbs, Chris (Trayce) Thomsen, Travis Hudson and Vanessa (Bob) Carroll, along with 10 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Janice Anderson and Janice Sarsfield, niece Theresa (Mike) St. Hilaire and numerous great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his nephew and his wife, William (Pat) and Lola Sarsfield, who encouraged him to come to Washington so that he could be close to family during his last years, and who made a point of making him feel at home and loved.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife Betty, brother William, step-daughter Linda Hudson, brother-in-law Bob Anderson, his special friend Trudy, and most recent, his niece Maureen Morford.

A Memorial Mass was held Feb. 28, 2013 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Goldendale, with interment following at Holy Trinity Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Emerald Care Nursing Home, Wapato, in thanks for their loving care of Ed.


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