Obituary: Kahl, James John
KAHL, James John James John Kahl, 72, died peacefully at his beach home on Whidbey Island on June 27th, 2014. Born in Seattle on January 21, 1942 Jim was predeceased by his parents John Kahl and Irene (Kraft) Kahl. He is survived by his wife Rebecca; stepchildren Naomi Burland and Micah Burland; sister Kathy Hemmen; nieces Julie Dittmar and Katie Parsons and several Kraft cousins. He was also an adopted Dad to Natalia Bonilla and favorite uncle to the Waybright, Jester and Murphy families. Jim graduated from WSU with a degree in forestry and earned an MBA from Seattle University in 1970. He enjoyed many outdoor adventures including smoke jumping, rock climbing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, fishing and cross country skiing. He was known for his wild life bear photography. Jim owned and worked a farm near Toutle during which time he was an accounting instructor at Lower Columbia College. He played rugby and started an outdoor club. Jim was the founder of a wilderness class at the college leading groups out into the beauty that is the state of Washington from seashore to mountaintop. In his spare time, Jim built a cabin near Winthrop and remodeled the family cabin on Whidbey Island. Jim was a beloved storyteller, jokester, adventurer and friend to many. Jim’s life will be celebrated Aug 23, 2014 at Possession Beach on Whidbey Island. Details can be found on the Caring Bridge website under the individual site name of Jim Kahl. Memorial contributions can be made in Jim’s name to Methow Conservancy, PO Box 71 Winthrop, WA 98862 or donate online.