He was born October l7, 1933 in Glenns Ferry Idaho, to Hugh Coulson and Anna Gump Coulson.
He moved to Boise when he was four to live with his mother and stepfather, Anna and Franklin Jones.
Since his step father owned Boise Printing Co., Jim learned the printing trade at a young age.
Jim joined the Navy Air Corp during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Miramar NAS in San Diego.
Following his service he attended Boise Jr. College where he played football and was Duke of the Intercollegiate Knights.
He met and after graduation married Arlene Yost in 1956.
Jim and Arlene lived in Salt Lake City where he attended University of Utah and worked full time in a print shop.
After the birth of their first son Michael, they moved to Boise where their second son Lawrence, was born, then to the University of Idaho in Moscow.
Jim and family moved to Wallace Idaho to work for The Coeur d’Alene’s Company in 1960.
While in Wallace his third son David and fourth son William were born.
Jim was president of the Wallace Chamber of Commerce while they lived there.
In June l966 Jim was transferred to Spokane where he has lived since.
He was promoted to steer The Coeur d’Alene’s Co. through a bankruptcy that concluded with the Company being one of the first in the state of Idaho to successfully emerge from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, at times pledging his own personal assets as collateral on financing.
He engineered a reorganization of the Company that prevented the sell off of all the assets of the company and saved seventy local jobs.
He often was asked for help in management and finance consultancy for local businesses.
Jim was one of the organizers and founders of Inland Northwest Bank and continued as a director until he retired.
He was a national Director of the Metals Service Center Institute and was awarded the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the organization over several decades.
He was a director of Associated Industries, Morning Star Boys Ranch, Spokane Area Economic Development Council and the Idaho Mining Association.
He was past president of Business Development Corp of Eastern Washington, organizer and Director of North American Steel Alliance, Chairman of Steel Service Center Institute, and named Spokane Business Man of the Year.
He was a Rotarian.
Jim was known for his integrity and his love and support of his family.
He was a loyal friend and devoted family man.
Jim was preceded in death by his son William; parents, Frank and Anna Jones; and his father, Hugh Coulson.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene; son, Mike and Anne Coulson, Nick, Matt and Erin; son, Larry and Rosemary Coulson, Jason and Douglas; son, David and Suzanne Coulson, Luke, Max, Sean and Hannah.
A reception for a celebration of Jim’s life will be held on December 28, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00, in the Cutter Room of the Spokane Club.
Graveside services will be at Dry Creek Cemetery in Boise, Idaho, at 11:00 a.m., January 4, 2014.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99202.