James Irvin Mead, 74, of Eagle Point, died Oct. 24, 2008, at home.
He was born June 11, 1934, in Rose Lake, Idaho to Frank and Rita Mead. He served in the Army National Guard.
On April 22, 1967, he married Marjorie Caroline Dane, of Lowell, Mass., in Baldwin Park, Calif. They moved to Eagle Point in 1972 where they raised their four children and shared a quality of life of the outdoors.
Mr. Mead was a hands-on "Jack-of-all-trades" hard working man with a
strong work ethic. He was a certified welder and was employed as a
millwright by Kogap Manufacturing. After retiring, he contracted
welding on projects such as the Rogue Valley Mall and owned his own
tractor landscaping business. Not one to sit around, he became a long
haul trucker and owner of J.I. Mead Trucking, Inc. That allowed him to
see many parts of the United States and Canada, often with his wife,
Marjorie, by his side.
He was an outdoorsman, dedicated
family man, who enjoyed many memories of the coast with his family. His
hobbies included fabricating projects such as trailers, porch swings.
Mead spent time with the Oregon State Police Volunteer Program as well
as Fish & Wildlife trapping deer and participated with his wife and
son with Special Olympics track and field meets. He also enjoyed being
with his family on the Colville Indian Reservation and was a diehard
Seahawk fan. One of his greatest joys was going to the old Kingdome to
watch them play.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; sons,
Donnie Satterly and Scott Mead; daughters, Dina Ehlers, of Eagle Point,
and son Joseph J. Mead, of Medford; daughters, Felena Day, Jean
Harding, Kelly Mead and Julie Shepard, of wash; sister, Nora Winter, of
Hermiston, Oreg., numerous grandchildren and his faithful dog, Peaches.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, James, Jr.;
sisters, Ruth Curtis and Florence Zacherle; brother, Frank Mead;
grandchildren, Brandi, Courtney and Andrew Mead and long time buddy,
Denver Perkins, of Eagle Point, who died the day before Mr. Mead’s
The memorial service for Mr. Mead was Oct. 29 at Butte Creek Baptist Church with a reception at the home of his son in Medford.