|Birth: ||May 4, 1932|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 2011|
James David Person was an only child of American born Swedes, August Person and Mae Hedlund. His father passed away from pneumonia when Jim was only one month old. In 1939, when Jim was seven, his mother remarried to S. W. "Walt" Tornblad. Jim was then raised by Walt and Mae on a dairy farm in Cherry Grove (now a part of Gaston, OR). He graduated from Gaston High School in 1950. Though he was accepted by several universities he stayed at home to help out on the family farm. Jim stayed and worked on the farm the rest of his life. On January 19, 1973 he was united in marriage to Martha "Jane" Keeney. They had one son, Jim Jr. Jane also had two children from a previous marriage, John and Mary Bassir.
My dad loved to farm. My mother often said it was because he loved to watch things grow; whether it was the crops in the field, the livestock or his own children and grandchildren. My dad was a very hard worker, often working before sunup to after sunset between the lumber mill and the farm. He loved the Lord and enjoyed going to church and reading the Bible. My dad was extremely self reliant. I remember how he could fix anything and keep everything up and running, even the very old and worn out farm machinery that he often used.
My father left this world peacefully yet unexpectedly at home in his easy chair, just beside the chair my mother had left in. The date, February 5, 2011, is also my birthday. When I first realized this I was upset because my birthdays will always remind me of the loss. But this date is also the day that my parents were reunited in Heaven. They now know only joy and they are together forever and they are watching over us.
August Person (1899 - 1932)
Mary Frediborg Hedlund Tornblad (1902 - 1971)
Martha Jane Keeney Person (1943 - 2009)
Murray Hill Cemetery
Created by: Jim P
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65925916