Obituary of James B. Bedingfield Jr.
James B. Bedingfield, Jr. Obituary
After living a full and meaningful life, James B. Bedingfield, Jr. passed away peacefully in his home on March 30, 2022, at
the age of 97, as his son sat with him and his wife held his hand. His beloved wife of 73 years, Sylvia (Sis), survives him as
well as his four children Sally, Scott (and wife Susan), Jeff (and wife Dayna), and Janet, his nine grandchildren, and fifteen
Jim was born October 10, 1924, in the small fishing and logging town of Bandon, Oregon, to attorney James Sr. and
teacher Elsie Bedingfield. The family moved to Coos Bay, Oregon, where Jim grew up and attended school. Jim served as
the president of the student council during high school and gave the seniors' commencement speech when he
graduated from Marshfield High School in 1942. Very soon after graduating, Jim joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served
on a cruiser in the South Pacific during WWII. Always a proud Marine, Jim joined the Marine Corps Reserves after WWII
and met his bride to be at University of Oregon. Jim went on to attend Willamette Law School and married his college
sweetheart after the first year. Within a week after graduating from law school, Jim was called up to active duty and was
shipped out to fight in the Korean War from 1951-1952, often fighting on the deadly front lines.
After returning from Korea, Jim joined his father's law firm and worked tirelessly as an attorney in Coos Bay, Oregon,
from 1953 to 1987, representing the local school board and community college as well as many businesses and
individual clients. Serving others was always an important part of Jim's life. For example, he was an active volunteer
fireman in Coos Bay for many years and a member of the Rotary and its outreach projects for many decades. Jim was a
patriot to the end and strove to strengthen democracy when he served as the State Representative to the Oregon State
Legislature from Coos and Curry Counties for two terms from 1964-1968, serving on the Ways and Means Committee in
his second term. He also served as Executive Director of the State of Oregon under Governor Victor Ativeh 1979-1980.
Jim retired from his law firm in 1987, and he and Sis eagerly retired to Kona, Hawali, where they owned and operated a
Christmas tree farm for 12 years. In 2003 they relocated to Greeley, Colorado to be near their children and
Jim's Christian faith was the foundation of his adult life. He served the Lord with grace through his work with hospice
and within his church. He read prayers and passages during services and also sang in the choir. Jim served on the Vestry
of each church he was a member of, including Coos Bay, Kona, and Greeley and was also on the Oregon Bishop's Council
for the Episcopal Church. After witnessing many soldiers suffer and die alone on the battlefield, he decided to volunteer
with Hospice Kona in Hawali and Hospice Greeley in Colorado, serving on the board of both organizations, and
personally devoting countless hours sitting in support of over 400 people in their final days and hours. His motto was
"no one dies alone." He is loved always and will be dearly missed.
A memorial service is planned for Jim on Saturday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3800 W. 20th St.,
Greeley, CO, with a reception at the church to follow.
The family encourages any contributions in honor of Jim to be made to Pathways Hospice, 4075 W, 11* St., Greeley, co.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Bedingfield Jr., please visit Tribute Store