Jim Dykes ’55
Clay, Please inform the fraternity that we have lost another Sigma Tau brother, James Alexander Dykes, class of ’55. Jim passed away July 16th in Scottsdale Arizona, following a serious auto accident. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii on October 16, 1933 to John and Jenny Dykes of Scotland. Raised in Hawaii, he graduated from Punahou in 1951. At the UW, Jim earned his Big W’s on the varsity swim team, graduating with a BA and a commission in the U.S. Air Force.
During his military career, he flew jet fighters in Germany and with the Hawaii Air Guard. Later, he piloted helicopters for the Army Guard. He received an MBA from Auburn University and also graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School. In 1999 he retired from the Gillette (Wyoming) First Interstate Bank, moving back to Vancouver WA to be near family and friends. Jim is survived by his wife Louise; daughters Kimberly, Kathy and LeeAnn; sons Steven and Matthew; brother John; sister Janet and numerous grandkids, nephews and nieces.
Wherever he lived, Jim was always an active community member with Rotary, Elks and lastly, as a Hospice caregiver with the Vancouver VA Hospital. Recently, Fiji brothers gathered for a memorial in Mount Vernon, WA; a family celebration of life was held in Lake Oswego, OR and, per Jim’s request, his ashes will be spread over the Wailuku River near Hilo.
Above submitted by Bud Moore ’55
The below information was submitted by Bob Vieira ’56