May 29, 1922-Jan. 29, 2003
DALLAS - James Earl Capps, 80, of Dallas, Ore., a former lay preacher with the Stanfield Presbyterian Church, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003.
A celebration of life gathering will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas on Saturday at 11 a.m. It was Mr. Capps wish to be cremated and have his ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean at Pearl Harbor.
Mr. Capps was born May 29, 1922, at Rector, Ark., to Clinton and Lucy Capps. He grew up in Southern Illinois and moved to Chicago when he was 18. He joined the Navy, in his words, "Just in time for World War II." He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and lived through the sinking of two ships, the USS Chicago and the USS Helena.
Near the end of the war, he married Virginia Cleary. They had three children, Susan, Mary Ann and James Michael, and he also adopted his wife's son, Bill, who preceded him in death.
After the war, he became a power lineman, working in 30 states and six different countries.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for over 40 years.
In 1978, he, and his wife, Joan Adams Capps, were married. They shared a small ranch where he raised beef cattle.
Following his retirement from Westinghouse/Hanford in 1988, he studied Theology and was ordained a "Lay Preacher" with the Presbyterian Church, serving a congregation in Stanfield. He also served as a Hospice volunteer in eastern Oregon. The family moved to Dallas in 1995, where Mr. Capps volunteered at "The Village."
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Toastmasters, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Gideons.
Survivors include his wife, Joan; children and stepchildren, Susan Barron, Robert Adams, Mary Ann Wright, Mark Adams, James M. Capps, and Scott Adams; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas memorial fund through Dallas Mortuary Chapel, 287 S.W. Washington, St., Dallas, OR 97338.