James Dean Shaw

October 13, 1937 – January 5, 2019


Our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend, James D. Shaw Sr., passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2019, at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle with all of his children by his side.

Jim was born October 13, 1937 in Seattle to Dennis F. and Margaret A. Shaw.  He is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and was raised with his brother, Denny by their Grandparents on the Nisbet farm on West Valley Road.  He graduated from Chimacum High School May 25, 1955.  He enjoyed participating in the school athletic programs, with basketball being his favorite.  He even continued basketball while attending Western Washington University.

He married his lifelong love, Geraldine (Gerri) Bancroft from Quilcene, January 30, 1960.  He worked and operated the log yard on Quilcene Bay for many years.  Raising cattle began as a hobby, but grew into his full time employment when he retired from running the log boom.  At times, Shaw Commercial Cattle ran 2,000 head of cattle between Mason, Jefferson, and Clallam counties.

Jim enjoyed the outdoors and had many favorites; from hunting ducks and pheasant in Eastern Washington, taking mountain trips in the Olympics for deer and elk, fishing trips to Canada and Alaska, and shrimping and crabbing in Quilcene Bay.  He shared many memories with family and friends of these adventures.

Jim and Gerri raised four children: Cheryl, Jimmie, Lauralee and Andrea.  They also have a love for athletics, hard work, and furry four legged companions.

Jim is preceded in death by his mother, father, step-father, and brother Dennis H. Shaw.  He is survived by his wife, Gerri; children, Cheryl Shaw (Mary Louise Gordon), Jim Shaw Jr. (Tanya Bacon), Lauralee Kiesel (Richard), and Andrea Shaw-James (Adam); grandchildren, Brittany Shaw (Kurtis Siegle), Brad Shaw, Jessica Wesley (DeAndre), Natasha Bala (Erik), Emmet James, and Calvin James; great-grandchildren, Zoe Wesley and Dash Bala; and many cousins, nephews, and nieces.  He will forever be in our hearts, memories, and his home “the valley”.

There will be a private family burial at the Greenwood Cemetery.  We would love to have our extended family and friends join us at Finnriver’s tasting room for refreshments and memories on Sunday, February 3 between 12:00 and 2:00 pm.


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