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James Allen Nanson
date of birth July 29 1941
date of death June 7 2020
Jim passed away at home from breathing difficulties and heart failure.His wife, Sue was by his side.
He was born in Forest Grove, Oregon to Art and Vickie Nanson.He spent his childhood in Vernonia, Oregon and many summers with his Aunt Annabelle, Uncle Marion and his three cousins, Marianne, Sharon, and Vicki in Ravalli, Montana.When the Vernonia mill closed, the family moved to Corvallis, Oregon prior to Jim’s senior year of high school. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army with some of his high school friends.
Upon discharge, he began working as a nightman at MacLaren School in Woodburn while continuing his education at Portland State University.His career in juvenile corrections spanned over 43 years and included positions as security supervisor, program director, and eventually becoming the superintendent of the Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility in Burns, Oregon in 2006.
Jim had two children; Michael and Megan, during his first marriage.While working at MacLaren, he met his true love, Sue Kelley.They were married in 1977 and had two children; Lindsay and Paul.Jim and Sue worked together at MacLaren for almost 30 years and lived in the Canby area for more than 33 years.
Jim liked to spend time with family and friends.He enjoyed camping, fishing, golfing, and going to casinos (especially the Peppermill in Reno).
He was generous, honest, and compassionate.He liked a good debate which may have been why he thoroughly enjoyed his duties as a union contract negotiator for the Oregon Youth Authority.He loved to laugh and always had many memories and stories to share.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ken.He is survived by his wife, Sue; his children, Michael (Tracie) Nanson, Megan Nanson, Lindsay (Luke) Gordon, Paul Nanson, and his eight grandchildren, Zach, Caitlin, Kaleah, Karsyn, Zayden, Cassadie, Maci, and Gage.
Have a Keystone Light (Jim’s favorite) and smile at the times you shared.Jim had an impact on so many lives and will be greatly missed.
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Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Owen Enevoldsen I’m was a classmate of Jim in Vernonia. Jim was always kind congenial. Jim called me a few years ago & we met for lunch here in Canby. Thanks for your friendship.
Candle lit by Dally Harrison He was such a wonderful man. So sorry to hear of his passing
Candle lit by Tammie Jones Jim was the kindest gentlest man. He loved his family fiercely and always supported those he loved. As well as the youths at McLaren. Amazing man Amazing life
Candle lit by Lindsay Gordon My daddy. Words can't really express how I'm feeling today. It's father's day and you're not here. When I was growing up, any friend was instantly treated like family. My dad taught me to advocate for myself and others, to treat others with respect, and to never, under any circumstances, be late to an appointment. He exemplified integrity with everything he did. Every time I go camping, I will have the most cherished memories. That was our family time, and although my dad would stress that there's not enough food or water (there was usually too much) or perhaps it wasn't sunny enough, he cared about all of those things because he cared so much for his family. He will be missed tremendously.
Candle lit by Jan Bernardi Jim and I were classmates in grade school and high school. Jim was well-liked and always treated everyone with kindness. Jim was a good basketball player and helped to lead our team to a no-loss season in 1954/1955 (our 8th grade year). He enjoyed coming to our class reunions and always called to see if and when we were having one on our scheduled year. Unfortunately, Jim was unable to make our last reunion, which was in 2019. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family as they go through this difficult time of losing a loved one.