James Beaty Petit left his body on November 15 in Palmetto, Florida after a valiant battle with Lymphoma. He was born on July 7, 1941, in Tulalip, Wash. and grew up in Bay Center and South Bend, Wash. Jim graduated from South Bend High School in 1959. He received his Bachelor of Education in English and Master in Poetry from the University of Alaska at Anchorage. He taught classes for 8 years at Service High School and at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. He then moved to Luxembourg in 1994 and Munich in 1995 where he taught English in their International Schools. He was a member of the Chinook Indian Nation.
Jim was also a commercial fisherman in Kodiak and Ketchikan. He built and operated the first cable TV station in Cordova. He also worked as a journeyman carpenter and helped build the Alaska Pipeline in Valdez.
Jim loved the outdoors and was a strongly spiritual man. He had a book of poetry published as will as numerous nonfiction articles and poems in various journals. He finished writing a book on his spiritual journey just before his death.
He is survived by his life-partner, Tom Deile; brothers, Doug (Barb) Petit of Mesa, Ariz.; Norris “Mugs” (Maureen) Petit of South Bend; stepbrother, Merle (Melissa) Knapp of Seattle; nephews, Don, Eric, and Brian Petit; cousins, Kathy Brown and Paula Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norris “Chooch” Petit and Wilma Jean Petit-Knapp.
At his request, a memorial service will be held in Anchorage in the early summer of 2013. Remembrances may be made to the Chinook Indian Nation, PO Box 368, Bay Center, WA 98527 or Willapa Harbor Helping Hands, PO Box 105, Lebam, WA 98554.