Jim Van Tuyl, age 55 of Leavenworth, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
Jim was born on January 27, 1957 in Richland, Washington where he grew up and developed his love for helping people and for the game of golf. After a successful amateur golf career and graduating from Seattle University in 1979, Jim worked as a golf professional in several locations across the state of Washington, for the past 21 years as the Director of Golf at Leavenworth Golf Club. Jim's life and career were characterized by his selfless drive, and hardworking nature, making sure that everyone who walked through the doors left with a memorable experience. Jim's passions in life included golf, song-writing, fly-fishing and being a giving, caring friend to all he met.
Jim is survived by his children Joseph and Angeline (Leavenworth), parents, Harold and Dorothy (Richland), brothers Peter and wife Karen (Captain Cook, Hawaii), Mark and wife Sharon (Live Oak, Texas) and David (Anchorage, Alaska) along with countless friends who were blessed to be touched by Jim's easy smile, ever-present caring, quick wit and humble wisdom. Jim was a friend always looking for a way to help others or put a smile on someone's face.
A visitation will take place at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland on Monday, October 29, 5-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church, Richland on Tuesday, October 30, at 11 a.m. with Father Thomas Champoux as celebrant. The Mass will be followed by Jim's interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens. A memorial will also take place at The Wild Huckleberry Restaurant in Leavenworth on Friday, November 2 at 2 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made by contacting the Wild Huckleberry Restaurant in Leavenworth, the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Richland, or you might consider doing something special for someone in honor of Jim, just as he would have wanted it.