Obituary | Mount Si High School service is Saturday for James McKiernan, son of former Valley Record owners

James McKiernan - Courtesy photo
James McKiernan
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James Michael McKiernan, 23, son of Jim and Karen McKiernan, former owners of the Snoqualmie Valley Record, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 4, in Pasco.

James was a 2006 graduate of Mount Si High School, along with his father, 1980, mother, 1984, and sister, 2008. He is also a graduate of Central Washington University, walking in commencement this past June. He had recently been hired by Connell Grain Growers in Connell, Wash., as a seed broker and was living in Pasco.

James was an avid fisherman, fly fishing being his passion, and he had been known to take a few shots at passing deer and even an occasional coyote.

If you are a fan of Mount Si football, you will remember him as the small center on the 2005 team who was not afraid to take on a nose tackle twice his size while hiking the ball to his good friend Rollin Smith.

His latest fun came from stirring up the world of seed sales for Connell Grain Growers and furnishing his new house with anything his parents were willing to give up.

James touched many lives in his short 23 years and will be remembered for his unwavering smile, flipping off his dad for taking too many pictures, begging his mother to bring down food and prodding his sister to keep her grades up at Central.

James is survived by his mother Karen, father Jim, sister Lynnae, grandmother Avon Barquist, grandparents Bob and Sandie Scott and grandmother Patricia McKiernan. He is also survived by numerous cousins, uncles, aunts and hundreds of friends.

Services will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Mount Si High School Auditorium and will be officiated by Pastor Monty Wright. A graveside service will be held afterwards at the Fall City cemetery, followed by a reception at the Mount Si High School Commons.

Those wishing to post their thoughts and photos may do so on Jim McKiernan’s Facebook page.


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