James E. Raymond

August 10, 1962 - May 7, 2024

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James Earl Raymond

August 10, 1962 – May 07, 2024

James Earl Raymond passed away unexpectedly this May in his Portland, Oregon home from a massive heart attack. He was born on August 10, 1962, the youngest of 4 children to Tom and Susan Raymond. He graduated from David Douglas High School in 1980. Jim also attended Multnomah Bible College. He is survived by his mom, Susan Raymond, his 3 older sisters- Roberta Raymond, Carol Anderson and Lila Clay, 6 nieces/nephews and 13 grand nieces and nephews all whom he dearly loved. For family gatherings he would create incredible group game-scavenger hunt-escape room-type mystery puzzles which required group cooperation, problem solving and sometimes even physical agility challenges. He loved croquet and playing table games at family gatherings.

Jim loved sharing the gospel and ministering to children and teens.  He spent many years serving in AWANA ministries at Lents Baptist Church. He also served more than 25 years as a missionary in Alaska at Victory Bible Camp as well as a few years at Camp Liwa. He began serving as a part of the work crew team in his high school years. He served in several positions, including spending many years as “Chief” (director) of Teepee Camp.  During the day, there on the hillsides surrounding Index and Victory Lakes, Chief, the staff, and campers enjoyed counselor hunts, hiking, archery, and many other outdoor activities. Then in the evenings there was singing around the campfire and engaging in teachings that exposed them to who God is and His desire for everyone to have a relationship with Him through Jesus. Hundreds of campers came through Victory during Jim’s years there, only God knows how many youths’ lives were impacted in those many years.

After leaving Alaska and returning to Portland, Oregon Jim again worked in AWANA ministries at LBC.  He also helped Mom and Dad with things around the house.  After Dad’s passing, he moved in with Mom to help and just be a companion for Mom. Jim truly delighted in /got great satisfaction in being Mom’s companion, allowing Mom to stay in her home for extra years.

We miss him yet are thankful for the salvation and eternal life offered by Jesus. Salvation which can be received simply by believing that Jesus is God, He came, He died on a cross rose again and by repenting of our sins and receiving Him by faith as our Lord and Savior. (Romans 10: 9-10).


A graveside service will be held on June 3rd, 2024, at 2 PM at the Trout Lake Cemetery, Trout Lake, WA.  There will be a light snack afterwards at the home of Bill and Carol Anderson. 41 Little Mountain Road, Trout Lake.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be given to Jonah ministries. Both Christian camping and Trout Lake were near and dear to Jim’s heart.