James Dean Hamar
Sept. 6, 1957 — Feb. 19, 2018
Pastor James Dean Hamar of Astoria, Ore., was called home unexpectedly to his Lord and Savior on Feb. 19, 2018.
Jim was born in Longview to Fred “Dean” and Florence (Weller) Hamar. He grew up in Rainier, Ore., and attended Rainier Assembly of God with his family.
Jim’s love for music began at a very young age. He was part of the Hamar family singing group, touring the U.S. in the 1970s. He attended Rainier High School, participated in sports and choir, and graduated in 1975. Jim attended Lower Columbia Community College, as well as Berean Bible School.
Jim worked at Longbell Inc., and owned and operated Hamar Heating and Air Conditioning. In 1989, he established Jim Hamar and Victory Praise Evangelist Ministries. Jim pastored in Lyons, Ore., at Santiam Chapel from 1984 until 1994. He moved to the Astoria area in 1995 and began pastoring Astoria First Assembly of God, and lovingly continued until his death.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Linda Hamar; four sons, Kyle Hamar (Cody) of Kirkland, Wash., Kirk Hamar (Claire) of Redding, Calif., and Kory Hamar (Katherine), and Kraig Hamar (Ashley), both of Astoria; a daughter, Jamie Hamar of Astoria; four granddaughters, Ava Hamar of Redding, and Lexi, Ember, and Evangeline Hamar, all of Astoria; three sisters, Charleen Ratkie (Rev. Waldon Ratkie), Debra Hamar, and Susan Luttrell (Rev. Terrance Luttrell); a brother, Mark Hamar (Cynthia); a sister-in-law, Gail Freeman; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and his church family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dean and Florence Hamar.
A memorial homecoming service for Pastor Jim is planned for 2 p.m. March 17 at Astoria First Assembly of God. The music he recorded and produced will be available for a donation at the service.
If you have photos or notes you would like included in the service, please send them to hamarpictures18©gmail.com before March 8.
Condolences to the family may be sent to Astoria First Assembly of God. If possible, RSVP to 503-325-7331 by March 10.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Astoria First Assembly of God, which Jim loved with all of his heart.