James Delmar Everts


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James Delmar Everts

James “Jim” Delmar Everts was born on December 7, 1936 in Buffalo, New York.  He passed away peacefully with family at his side on July 12, 2019 in Bothell, Washington.  It was fitting, as in the moment he passed, the music playing in the background was a gospel male quartet singing “I’ll Fly Away.”  After nearly 10 years of struggling with the challenges of Alzheimer’s, his long journey is finally over and he is reunited with the love of his life Caroline Everts.

Jim was the youngest of eight siblings that grew up in upstate New York.  Given the struggles of his family in the post-depression era, he spent some of his adolescent years with his brother Dave and sister Gertie living on a farm with foster parents – a.k.a. Aunt Bertha and Uncle Henry.

Thanks to some financial support from the local Seventh-Day

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Jim and Caroline

Adventist Church, Jim was able to attend Union Springs Academy in upstate New York where he developed into an incredible young man.  While there, he discovered a love for all sports, music, and working with people.  Continuing his education at Atlantic Union College, he met the love of his life Caroline DiBello and they were married on September 1, 1957 as he was finishing up his college degree in theology.

Jim started his ministerial career in upstate New York and the Seventh-Day Adventist conference office quickly noticed his incredible connection with young people.  They wisely offered him the position as conference youth director.  In this position he was in charge of the Pathfinder program and director of the local youth camp – Camp Cherokee.  The word traveled across country that he was extraordinary at his job and in 1971 he was offered the position of youth director for the Western Washington Seventh-Day Adventist conference.  So in the spring of 1971 he packed up the house and moved the family from New York to Seattle.

Image of Jim and Caroline Everts

Jim and Caroline

Jim soon became known to many people as “Uncle Jim” as he ran the Sunset Lake youth camp and all Pathfinder activities for the state.  His popularity with young and old became obvious as he was often requested to perform weddings and funerals.  He was a man that could easily relate to all.

Jim was known for his wonderful singing voice and amazing ability to harmonize in spite of very little formal training.  He was also known for his wonderful sense of humor and ability to make people feel better about themselves.  He had a love for animals.  He had great devotion for his pets that gave him love and comfort.  He talked to his pets and for them as well.

Jim is survived by his three children whom he adored:  His first son, Dan (m. Jeanne) and grandchildren Ryan (m. Becca and great-granddaughter Elise) and Kristen (m. John).  Second son, Mark (m. Will) and grandchildren Zachary and Elias.  Last but not least his daughter LeAnn (pups Jack and Charlie) who made sure that up until the day he passed into the beyond that his hair was always cut and his face cleanly shaven.  He is also survived by his older brother Dave (m. Joan).

The family wishes to express their thanks to the incredible caregivers at the Chateau at Bothell Landing as well as Evergreen Hospice of Kirkland, Washington.  They did a wonderful job of making the last years of Jim’s life as comfortable as possible.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please consider WWUJD (What Would Uncle Jim Do).  He was a man that was always putting others first.  Consider passing along his legacy by doing random acts of kindness for those in need.  This would make him smile as he was always looking to help others and would want that to continue.

If you feel compelled to make a donation in his memory, please consider one of the following organizations or a charity of your choice:

Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (www.alzwa.org) or (www.uwadrc.org)

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (www.ccfa.org)

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org)

Evergreen Hospice Center, Kirkland, WA (www.evergreenhealth.com)

Jim will be greatly missed, always loved, and forever in our hearts!  We are all better for having known him and having him in our lives.

7 Responses to “James Delmar Everts”

  • Dan Everts says:

    Farewell Dad,
    Thank you for the gift of life and more importantly the gift of an example of how to be a good person.
    I am truly blessed to have you as my father and grand father to my children.
    You and mom were always so helpful and loving to Jeanne and me.
    I look forward to living my life to the fullest and making you proud.

  • Mark Everts says:

    Thank you for being such an exemplary christian that when I came out to you, you didn’t miss a beat and your first words our of your mouth were ‘That as long as you are happy, then I am happy!’ Having your support made me the man I am today. LOVE AND MISS YOU

  • Donna DiBello says:

    Farewell to my Uncle Jim- An Amazing Man and the story of the love & kindness he spread throughout his lifetime, touching so many people along the way. I will always remember his sweet & loving voice as he spoke to me, and my cousins, as we played in our grandparents home!
    Sending peaceful prayers & blessings to Dan, Mark and Leann as you say goodbye to your loving Dad, knowing he is happy to be with your mom once again!
    In Peace- Donna DiBello

  • Cy Goodremote says:

    Dear Everts family. Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Glad to read about his good life. He led the prayer before our meal at an Everts Reunion in Delevan, N.Y. One year. We were all happy.
    Jim was Dad’s first cousin and Dad also had Alzheimer’s for ten years before he passed away.

    Cy Goodremote, Springville, N. Y.

  • Susan Wheeler says:

    I will always remember him as the most caring pastor the Marysville Seventh-Day Adventist church had. He would come to the Adventist school almost every Friday and sing songs with us, play softball with us during P.E.and Every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas helped out church make Food Baskets for the needy along with gifts for the kids of those needy families. He had a positive energy and great spirit and I have never forgotten him. He left an impact on myself and many others. My condolences to his family.

  • Jean Taylor Davis says:

    I have always said Pastor Everts was my favorite pastor. I have so many wonderful memories of his family at our Glens Falls Church in New York. He used to stop and pick some of us young people up on Friday nights, when he was on his way to the Brant Lake Church. He encouraged us to sing for church or campmeeting, and even sang with us, getting us used to using our gifts for the Lord.
    We loved being in his group for the trip to Europe for the SDA World Youth Congress. He taught Bible class at our school, and joined us for PE, playing football and other games right along with us. God bless his family, as they move on without him by their side.

  • Vicky Duran says:

    When I was seven or eight years old in the mid ’70’s, I was a camper at Sunset Lake. “Uncle” Jim had such an impact on my life that even now, in my mid-50’s I remembered his name and his quiet enthusiasm for the youth of our church. May God bless you as a family.

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