On September 22, 2022, we lost a genuinely wonderful man. At home, surrounded by his loved ones, Jim Ellis passed away. He died peacefully and with the knowledge that many people adored him.
Jim and his twin brother Jack graduated from Cleveland High School together. Jim then enrolled at Portland State University, where he met Jody Ellis, the love of his life, and they were united in marriage in 1957. They had two daughters: Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis, provost at Oakland University in Michigan, and Sara Ellis, a professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan.
Jim loved listening to classical music, reading (his favorite writers were Orwell and Dos Passos), watching baseball (Go Giants! ), and reading. He played Senior Softball competitively into his 80s and was an ardent softball player. He took home several medals from the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah, including the gold.
Jim’s grandfather Phillip Ellis was an active member of the Industrial Workers of the World and a passionate advocate for the rights of regular people. Jim’s viewpoint was significantly impacted by his influence. Jim was a staunch supporter of the underdog.
In addition to his wife Jody, Jim is also survived by his twin brother Jack Ellis, two older sisters Patricia Montague and Mary Derthick, two daughters Britt and Sara, and three grandchildren: Xochitl, Enrique, and Itzel. His older brother Cliff Ellis passed away.
Jim’s memorial softball game and reunion are planned by the family for the spring (absolutely no softball experience required). Please send an email to Britt Rios-Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the time, date, or other specifics.
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