James F. Bergman
June 16, 1929 - November 1, 2010
James "Jim" F. Bergman, a resident of Garden
Courts in Walla Walla, died November 1, 2010. He
was born June 16, 1929 in Tacoma. Washington. His
father was Rueben Bergman and his mother was Esther
Jim spent the first three years of his life in Egegik,
Alaska, where his parents were the local school teachers.
The balance of his childhood years were spent on
wheat ranches in Whitman County of Eastern Washington
and Latah County of Northern Idaho. He attended
grade schools in Lancaster, Washington and
Viola, Idaho. He graduated from high school at Enterprise,
Oregon in 1948 and attended Washington State
He was a talented vocalist and excellent speaker.
He became a radio and TV engineer and announcer
and worked at stations in the Pacific Northwest and
the San Francisco area for a number of years. Later,
he had the unusual experience of being the butler
for two major San Francisco families. One was the
family who had established the famous Golden Gate
Park. The other was the Boyds, a brother and sister
who both financed and themselves took part in several
Arctic explorations in the early 20th century. After his
retirement in the mid-1990s, he moved to Portland,
Oregon and from there to Walla Walla in 2001.
He never married, but he leaves behind his brother
and sister-in-law, Jack and Evelyn Bergman of College
Place, and several nieces and nephews.
Those interested in making a gift in his memory are invited
to do so to either Helpline or the Christian Aid Center
through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles
Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington 99362.
At his request there will be no service for him.
Friends may write memories and sign the online
guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com