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James D. Tiger
November 3, 1938 - July 4, 2009


Jim Tiger died peacefully at his home in Sublimity on the morning of July 4th.  He was born November 3, 1938 to Dewitt and Vurna Tiger in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma.  He attended Wilson grade school before moving to Oregon when he was eight.  He graduated from Stayton High School in 1956 and the University of Oregon in 1960.  He then entered Officer Candidate School  and served in the Navy for 7 years as a submariner on the U.S.S. James K. Polk and the U.S.S. Queenfish.  He graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1971 and returned to Stayton to join the law firm of Duncan & Duncan, now Duncan, Tiger & Niegel, where he practiced law for 38 years.

Jim married Edie Elledge in 1972. He is survived by his wife Edie and his children, daughters Kathy (Scott) Pons of Roseburg, Tammy (Dan) Nichol of Beaverton, and Jennifer (Chad) Niegel of Stayton, and son, Paul (Jaime) Tiger of New York City.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Joanie (Josh) Liddell, Kelly (Ryan) Bryant, Christine and Jessie Pons, Danielle and Kevin Nichol, Ryan and Eric Niegel, and great-grandson Blake Bryant.  Other survivors include his brother, George Tiger, and sisters, Wynona Farris, Helen Collins, Betty Miller, Lori Davis, Peggy Spitz, Wanda Van Gulik, Carolyn Beebe, and Susan Kuhnle.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Mary Winter.

He was a founding member of Stayton Area Rotary, a Stayton Roadrunner, a Marion County Master Gardener and a member of the Marion County Bar Association.

He loved the Stayton community and founded the Stayton youth basketball league on behalf of Rotary in 1982.  He coached youth basketball, baseball and soccer.  He was named Rotarian of the Year in 1985 and again in 1996.  In 1988, he was recognized as Stayton's First Citizen.  He also established the Stayton High School Community Grant program in 2001.

He loved spending time with his family, gardening, running, and following the Oregon Ducks.  He was an avid researcher of the McGill and Tiger genealogy, celebrating his Creek Indian and Scotch-Irish heritage.

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Jim Tiger Memorial Scholarship in care of West Coast Bank.

Services will be held at Stayton High School Auditorium on Thursday, July 9th at 11 AM.  Arrangements are by Weddle Funeral Services.


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