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James Charles Gleason


March 20, 2019

James Charles Gleason, age 80, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at his home in Prineville, Oregon.

Jim was born Feb. 8, 1939, in Seattle, to Martin and Georgia Gleason. He was an avid outdoors man and athlete, signing a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates after graduating from Highline High School in 1957. He played baseball for three years before becoming a cadet with the Washington State Patrol, and then joining the United States Marine Corps. He married and started a family with Joanne Reilly and, after his military service was up, went back to his law enforcement career with the WSP for 25 years. He ran for office and was elected Klickitat County Sheriff for two consecutive terms before retiring from law enforcement for good. He spent the rest of his life coaching baseball, painting, shooting trap, and fishing.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Joanne; his sister Georganne; sons Sean (Candis), Chris (Theresa), and Casey (Rhonda); four grandchildren; and four nieces.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on March 23 at the Longbranch Cemetery in Longbranch, Washington, with a reception and memorial following directly after. Details can be found at “James C. Gleason Memorial” on Facebook. Please make donations to your favorite charities in lieu of sending flowers.


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