James was born in Portland Oregon and grew up in the East Mill Plain area west of Camas. He is a graduate of the old Union High School, and married to Lois. He has lived in Washougal for the last 48 years, and is retired from the USAR after 30 years of service. He worked in the construction trades as a bookkeeper, driver, and mechanic, and was Washougal’s first city Jr. Engineer. His other activities include Secretary of North Bank Masonic Lodge in Washougal, and active member of the International Shrine Clown Association.