Feb. 2, 1924 — Nov. 20, 2018
J. Walter Barham passed away Nov. 20, 2018, in Longview at 94 years of age.
He was born Feb. 2, 1924, to Jess Alba and Esther Louise (Dewey) Barham in Salem, Ore. Walt served in Marine Corps Aviation for four years during World War II, 1942 to 1946.
After earning a degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University in 1950, Walt served as city manager in Coalinga, Calif., Coos Bay, Ore., and Kelso. He came to Longview in 1968, as their first city manager. Walt was elected as a Port of Longview commissioner in November 1989, and served in that position from 1990 to 2008. He was president of the Association of Pacific Ports from 2001 to 2002, was a member of the Longview Free Methodist Church, Longview Noon Rotary and served on the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments since 1968. Walt served on the Cowlitz Public Facilities District since 2000, 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Seattle Pacific University, and was a founding member of the Cowlitz Economical Council and served on the board since its inception in 1979.
His wife, Marie F. Barham, preceded him to Heaven on Sept. 19, 2010.
Walt is survived by two sons, Terry Alan and Bruce Lynn Barham; five grandchildren; and his great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Exodus Church in Longview.