James Price, 68, Dies In Wash.; Had Sitka Roots


James D. Price

James D. Price, formerly of Sitka, died March 16 in Bellevue, Washington. He was 68.
He was born Nov. 22, 1955, in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, the son of James W. Price and Mary Nelson Price Allred. Jim was 18 months old when his father was discharged from the military and the family moved back to Sitka, where he developed his love for fishing, camping and hiking.
Sitka is also where he developed his lifelong appreciation of food and food preparation. Jim and his sister would help their grandmother who was a professional caterer.
When Jimmy was 12, the family moved to Bellevue. Jimmy went to work as an apprentice at the Bellevue Golf and Country Club. After graduation from high school Jim and his best friend Kerry spent two years in Hawaii where he continued on his upward career as executive chef for the Sheraton on Maui.
In 1999 Jim received the prestigious James Beard Award for Chefs.
After leaving Maui, he went to work for a company that enabled him to travel many places in the United States. Jimmy met his wife Kathy in 1994 and settled in Issaquah in 1999. He later worked at Emerald Down Race Track until his retirement.
Jim and Kathy were avid golfers and played every chance they got.
Jimmy was blessed with an extended family including grandparents – Jessie and Frank Price and Florella and Ed Nelson – aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. He is survived by his wife Kathy Price, parents, sister Debra Kelly, stepmother Sandy Price, stepbrothers Randy and Steve Allred, and nieces/nephews Julie, Kym, Mike, Gage and Cedar Boyd.
A celebration of his life will be held 1:30 p.m. April 28, 2024, at Auburn Golf Club, 29630 Green River Road, Auburn, Washington.

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