Jim grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from James Gunn High School in Palo Alto. He attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and graduated in 1975 with a double degree in Economics and Aesthetic Studies, with honors. He received his J.D. from the University of Santa Clara, graduating cum laude in 1981, and joined the bar in Hawaii where he rose to the top of his profession in plaintiff personal injury law, becoming Resident Counsel for Sterns & Ingram and opening their 26-person office in Honolulu.
He met Sara Fahey in 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and they married in 1989. They made their home in Lanikai on the island of Oahu. Jim and Sara had four children, Gabriel, Alexander, Hayley, and Maia. He provided for his children every day, whether that meant being the best cook or being the first call if they ever got in trouble. He gave his children a sense of perfect security, and they adored him in turn.
Jim and his family moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1996, and became a special education mediator for the Oregon Department of Education. Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, by his stepfather Wenzel "Pop" Brasser, and by his older sister Sharon Wilson. He is survived by his children and by his older brother Craig Wilson, and by three nieces and nephews.
The family asks for all to share their memories online at Jim's Everdays memorial.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased