James Lee Francis, 46, passed away of a fatal heart attack in Donaphin, Mo., early Saturday morning, March 24, 2012. All of his organs (excluding heart) were donated to Transplant Services so others may live in his honor.
Jim was born in Portland, Ore., on May 14, 1965, to Kathleen and Jesse James Francis. He joined the Army at the age of 17 and was stationed in Germany as a generator mechanic. After suffering a bad accident, he was released from duty with a medical discharge. Upon coming home, he moved to Las Vegas, Nev., and went to work in security for various casinos.
Jim found his way to Grand Coulee, where he was a loyal employee and member of the Moose Lodge for many years. He also worked as a clerk at local convenience stores as well.
After living in Grand Coulee for several years, he moved to Vancouver, Wash. While there, he co-owned and operated a janitorial business for a few years. He then moved back to Grand Coulee to be closer to his children, and grandchildren. Putting his previous experience to good use, he went to work for Taylor Enterprises, offering cleaning services to the community.
He is survived by his siblings Jesse K. Francis and Ruth Lamb of Yakima, several nieces and nephews, his children Kailey Francis, Amber Francis, and Jamie Epperson (mother-Brenda Francis), James D. Francis (mother-Lynette Zierden),Anthony Francis (mother-Mae Dobson), and Jesse E.R. Francis (mother-Melissa Stanley) all of Grand Coulee. He also has three grandsons: Joey (Kailey), Landon (Amber), and Kaden (Jamie).
Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Memorial Services are going to be held at a later date, and will be announced. Donations are being accepted at Strate Funeral Home, under Amber or Brenda Francis, to help with the final expenses.