James “Jim” Erskine passed away June 10, 2020. He was 84 years old. Jim is survived by his wife, Elaine; daughter and son-in-law, Darla and Rory Barbre; daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Shane Barbre; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Leta Erskine; by three grandchildren: Jillian Barbre Closson, Chase Barbre, and Duston Erskine, as well as five great-grandchildren.
Jim was born to Robert Erskine and Lavene Foss in 1935. He joined the U. S. Navy learned to work with refrigeration and diesel mechanics. He was already proficient with gasoline engines due to his love of cars from his teenage years in California.
In the late 50s, he went to work at the Goldstone facility, operated by NASA, in California. Jim assisted with the USA's first manned orbit of the earth. He moved his family to Omak in 1967 to work at Comsat in Brewster. He worked there until the mid-70s when he became involved with Crowder Refrigeration, pioneering the use of Controlled Atmosphere technology for the preservation of perishable foods.
In 1978 he switched gears and started building new homes.
In 1988 he was back overseeing Comsat related projects on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. He worked there till he retired in 2012.
Jim became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in California in 1960 and was generous in helping with the construction and maintenance of meeting places in Washington and Hawaii. Jim also enjoyed restoring old cars and going to car shows.
Jim specifically requested no public memorial service upon his death.