A full life enjoyed and lived came to early conclusion for James Walter Hoffman on January 23, 2018. His family is hosting a Celebration of Life on Saturday, August 11th at the Quality Inn Oakwood, 7919 N Division in Spokane from 1-4PM. “Jimbo” was a well-known husband, father, educator, administrator & respected member of the community within Spokane and beyond the State of Washington.
James started life on May 28, 1943 in Seattle, WA. James’s parents were Walter and Grace (Jordan) Hoffman & soon his family grew to include his younger and only sibling Carol (Hoffman) Kahler. Jim attended high school and college in Minot, North Dakota and graduated from Minot State University with a major in education. His love of children, education and teaching all came to fruition with his first teaching position and sparked a life-long passion for sharing his love of math with eager minds (some not so eager but that pushed him to inspire students even more). During his time as a teacher he was well respected and love by all (ok most). James then moved into an administrative role where he finished out his carrier as a Vice-Principal. He left behind many students who were forever better for having “Mr. Hoffman” in their lives.
Jim met Sandra Hepper at Minot State and their love and marriage lasted for 54 years. They are the proud parents of two sons, Jeffrey James and Marc James Hoffman. Jeff and his father shared a love of anything mechanical. Marc and his wife Shelly gave them three granddaughters to love, Madison, Scarlett and Hadley. The girls loved their special “Papa” and are sad he had to leave them early. Jim’s friends, fishing buddies and Sandy’s four brothers were an important part of Jim’s life, trusted family and friend’s one an all.
After retiring from the education field, Jim enjoyed a career in construction as the Project Manager of several large projects in and around Washington. After his second retirement, his life’s dream began on their property at Long Lake. He was on the water, fish outside his front door and activities to keep his mind & body active. He had an area to garden and all his hobbies…never a person to sit idle. Life was good surrounded by great neighbors, friends and family with which to share fun activities. Please share memories on this tribute page.
Jim was known for his listening skills and his thoughtful responses - an example for us all.