More detail on this person: James Michael
Caesar, 68, of Mill Creek, Washington passed
peacefully in his sleep on the night of February
13, 2014 while on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii. He
was born on December 11, 1945.
Jim was an extraordinary leader who touched many lives. He dedicated his life to his family and friends and relished every moment he spent with them. He was an extremely active and fit man who enjoyed marathoning, backpacking in the high Cascades, biking, woodworking, his 1967 Austin Healey and collecting and sampling fine wine. He loved jazz, classical music and opera, as well as rock and roll. Recently he had begun to study Italian and art history.
Jim is survived by his wife and best friend Elizabeth (Betsy), his three children and their spouses Mona Caesar Johnson (Bryan), James Michael Caesar, Jr. (Cheryl), and Matthew Joseph Caesar (Zoe); and grandchildren Lauren and Cameron Johnson, Charles and Nicholas Caesar, and Ronan and Sophia Caesar; his parents; his cherished aunt, Virginia Groh; and his brothers Dan and Doug Caesar and sister Anita Kaplan.
Jim grew up in Lakewood, Washington and graduated from Arlington High School in 1964, and married Betsy the following year. After high school he enlisted in the United States Army and was recommended for Armor Officer Candidate School shortly thereafter. He accepted a commission with the U.S. Army in 1967 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1989, completing nearly 24 years of honorable and exceptional service. After retiring from the military, he worked for the Boeing Company as a senior personnel manager, later retiring from that position as well.
Jim served two tours in Vietnam and was recognized for his service with numerous decorations including the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry (unit citation). He also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Senior Army Aviator Badge.
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