He passed away October 1, 2014.
James grew up in Eugene, Oregon and after graduation from high school enlisted in the Army in October 1944.
There he entered flight school and became a co-pilot on a B-17 as 2nd Lt.
While serving in England he received the Air Medal with one Bronze Star for meritorious actions under combat.
He attended University of Oregon and after graduation married Patricia Colerick.
They moved to Spokane where they had two sons, Paul James Balfour and Jeffery Brian Balfour.
James worked at Deaconess Hospital for 35 years as the Chief Lab Technologist.
He loved the outdoors, fly fishing and backpacking in the Northwest.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Donations in memory can be made in lieu of flowers, to Hospice of Spokane, 121 South Arthur, Spokane WA 99202.
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