Jim Lynch, 83,  passed away at Lakeview Gardens on Tuesday, July 16,2019.

Jim Cornelius Lynch was born in Lakeview on Feb. 2, 1936, to Cornelius and Mary (Barry) Lynch. He attended school in Lakeview graduating in 1954 after which he attended the University of Oregon. While at the University of Oregon he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and in 1958 served as the student body president. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Laws degree and was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1961. In 1971 he was awarded the degree Doctor of Jurisprudence.

Upon graduation Jim served a two-year enlistment in the U.S. Army serving as a member of the JAG Corps at the Pentagon. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of Captain in June 1964.

Upon leaving the Army, Jim returned to Lakeview to begin his private law career in the office of Ted Conn. He worked in that office until the end of 2016 when he retired from Lynch and Vandenberg.

He served several terms as a Trustee of the University of Oregon Foundation and was a member of American College of Trust & Estate Council.  Additionally he served as a Daly Fund Trustee from 1964-2014, a Collins-McDonald trustee, Ousley Educational Fund committee member. He also served as attorney for the Lake District Hospital for 40 years and as a two-term Lake County School Board Member.

Jim was a member of the Arlington Club of Portland, University of Oregon Alumni Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Lakeview Elks, Lions and Chamber of Commerce.

Jim was preceded in death by: parents, Con and Mary Lynch; brother, Phil Lynch; nephew, Neil Flynn; and nieces, Lea Flynn Harlan and Corina Flynn Frank.

Jim is survived by:  his wife Eleanor; her son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Karen Verges of Eugene; her daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Dan Warnock of Imnaha and Christine and Carlos Gacharna of Leesburg, Va,; sister, Nora Flynn of Lakeview; sister and brother-in-law, Breda and Jack Flynn of Plush; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nephews and nieces.  

Holy Rosary Service was held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, and Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 19, at St. Patrick Church. A reception followed at Lakeview Elks Club. Contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church Building Fund, PO Box 29, Lakeview, OR 97630, or the donors choice.

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel had charge of the arrangements.

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