Obituary for James Webb
James Albert Webb
June 22, 1937 – April 18, 2017
James Albert Webb finished his journey here on earth in his sleep on April 18, 2017. He was born in Quanah, Texas to Albert P Webb and Francis G Doering Webb. He was joined by a brother Stephen Webb in 1943.
In 1957 he married Patricia Allison in Upland CA and while in San Mato CA their daughter Jennifer was born in 1961 followed by their first son Mike in 1962. Their second son Jeff was born in Hood River OR in 1964.
Jim married Marilyn Perkins Reeves in 1995 and they enjoyed many activities, travel, and making new friends together. Their personalities worked well together as a team and they considered themselves the “Dynamic Duo”. If it could be done, they could do it!
Jim transplanted from Texas, Oklahoma, California, Oregon and Florida to enter the Wenatchee apple industry in 1976. He served our country in the 82nd Airborne, attached to the 77 Special Forces, attended Texas A & M, and graduated from Cal Poly in Pomona California in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics in the top 20% of his class.
His career began with the Oregon-Washington-California Pear Bureau setting up promotions for the pear industry. From there he became director of marketing for Diamond Fruit Growers in Hood River Oregon. Blue Goose Growers took him to Vero each Florida, again as director of marketing.
His introduction to Wenatchee was by way of Skookum, Inc., where he was director of marketing for fourteen years. During these years in the fruit industries, Jim was able to travel all over the world promoting apples, cherries, pears, and other local fruit. He stayed in the fruit industry in California, Wenatchee, and Kennewick for another three years, for a total of thirty-four years in the industry, then retired to enjoy a life of travel, the necessary evils of yard work, maintaining a home, and supporting Marilyn’s “volunteer” projects.
Jim has served on the Washington State Apple Commission Export Advisory Committee, Northwest Horticultural Council Export Advisory Committee, Wenatchee Traffic Association and United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association.
Jim and Marilyn were actively involved with the Wenatchee Applarians and Washington State Apple Blossom Festival. In 1998 he was Chancellor of the Applarians allowing them to enjoy traveling to all the Northwest festivals making many forever friends. He also supported Marilyn during her year as Director General of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in 1992.
Other volunteer activities included Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City and the American Cancer Society.
His last four months were spent at home enjoying the panoramic view of Wenatchee from his front room window being visited by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert Webb and Frances Webb. Survived by his wife and partner Marilyn Webb of East Wenatchee, daughter Jennifer Wilbanks of Soldotna, AK, sons Mike Webb of San Jose CA and Jeff Webb (Billie) of Yakima WA, grandchildren Kory Wilbanks of Anchorage, AK, Kaylee Wilbanks of Wenatchee, Chelsea Wilbanks of Portland OR, Bridgette Webb of Ellensburg WA, Parker Webb of Yakima WA, Kennedy Webb of Yakima WA, great-granddaughter Llewelyn Schuft of Wenatchee, step-sons Dave Reeves (Carole) of Wenatchee and Don Reeves of East Wenatchee, step-grandchildren Levi Reeves of Entiat WA, Luke Reeves of East Wenatchee WA, Wyatt Reeves of Portland, Madison Reeves of Wenatchee, and Dalton Reeves of Wenatchee, brother Stephen Webb (Janet) of Escondido CA, nephew Chris Webb (Praecia) of Indianapolis, IN, and grand-niece Parker Webb of Indianapolis IN.
He also leaves other members in our home, his very special Marlyn Alcala and his fuzzy dog family, Buddy Bear, Big Buddy, and Emmy.
We welcome you to leave a memorial for Jim to The Wenatchee Valley Humane Society and/or give one of their fuzzy residence a “forever” home.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 and Sage Hills Church from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Arrangements are assisted by Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.