James Lee Stickney passed away in Portland on Jan. 25, 2014, at the age of 33.
He was born in Hermiston on March 3, 1980 to Robert and Dianne Stickney. The middle of three children, he is survived by his brother, Richard Stickney; his sister, Kellie Stickney-Hoiland; his father and mother, Robert and Dianne Stickney; and his grandfather and grandmother, Larry and Betty Mills.
James was born and raised in Hermiston. He attended Highland Hills Elementary, Armand Larive Junior High, and graduated from Hermiston High School. He was a talented baseball player, was part of many Little League all star teams and was a starter on the Hermiston High School varsity baseball team. He was also a talented saxophone player in the high school marching band and a scholar. James was the salutatorian for the class of 1998, and spoke at his high school graduation.
After graduation, James attended Oregon State University where he studied Math and Computer Science. While attending OSU, he was an active member of Acacia Fraternity where he developed lifelong friendships. He graduated from OSU in 2002.
James had an amazing mind for math, was a superb chess player and excelled at games of strategy. He had a deep love of the printed word. Perhaps most importantly, James was a loyal friend and an excellent listener. From the time he was a small child he had a propensity toward defending those that could not defend themselves, protecting those he loved, and rooting for the underdog.
We were blessed to have him among us. Brother, son, grandson, uncle, and friend; we will love and miss him for the rest of our lives.
Services and remembrance will take place at Pleasant View Cemetery, 33178 Geist Road, Stanfield, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. A celebration of his life will take place at the home of Robert and Dianne Stickney immediately following. The family asks that in lieu of sending flowers, donations be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in James’ memoriam.
Please sign the condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.