James Delzon Simpkins

February 4, 2011

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James Delzon Simpkins, of Bellevue, died peacefully Jan. 6, 2011. He was 78.

James Delzon Simpkins

A celebration of Jim’s life was Jan. 16.

Jim was born Nov. 22, 1932, in Bronxville, N.Y. Jim grew up in New York and was an Eagle Scout. Jim served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in pharmacy in 1956, and then worked for Burroughs Wellcome, where he covered the entire state of Montana.

On Feb. 22, 1957, Jim married Anna Marie Kaylor. In 1959, Jim’s family moved to Bellevue. In 1960, Jim became a freelance photographer and was later hired by United Press, where his first assignment was to cover the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. In 1975, Jim became a pharmacist working at Newport Hills Drug, Lakeside Drug and Safeway until his retirement in 1996.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann; son Phillip; daughter Sandy; son Jim and his wife Susan; and two grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, make memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 206-363-5500.

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