Jamie Sutcliffe


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Jamie Sutcliffe passed away unexpectedly on Saturday February 13, 2016 at his home in Viola, ID.

Jamie was born August 16, 1961 in Seattle, WA to Jim and Anita Sutcliffe.  He was the second of six children and dubbed “Big Blue” by his Grandad for his blue eyes.  He went through school in Redmond, WA, graduating from Redmond High School where he was photographer for the yearbook and first learned his craft of ceramics.  He attended University of WA briefly and earned his Associates degree in Business at Bellevue College, where he also enjoyed many courses in Volleyball and Pottery.

From a young age Jamie chose to serve God and throughout his life was able to participate in the fellowship meetings and listen in to the Gospel meetings. He was fiercely loyal, loving and protective of his friends and family.

He moved to Blaine, WA in 1994 and set up a pottery studio with his wheels and kilns and first offered his wares for sale.  When he came to Viola, ID in 2005 his studio came too, and for the last nine years he has had a booth at the Moscow Farmer’s Market.  He loved the close-knit family of vendors there and they looked out for him as well.  Many thanks for that.

Jamie loved to teach his craft to anyone who would sit at his potter’s wheel and was always pleased with their creations. Most everyone that knew him has a “Jamie” mug or plate or bowl to remember him by.

At the age of 19 Jamie was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder which he battled for the rest of his life.  The love and care of friends, family and counselors allowed him to live on his own. Special thanks to the Viola community for their friendship and support.

In these last years Jamie, in turn, has been a great help to his parents next door. When he took his own life, the investigating detective said there were no signs of premeditation and it appeared that he died quietly. For this we are also thankful.

Jamie is survived by his parents Jim and Anita Sutcliffe of Viola, ID and his 5 brothers and sisters: John Sutcliffe and his wife Becky of Meridian, ID; Mike Sutcliffe and his wife Cheryl of Anacortes, WA; Margaret Gieszelmann and her husband Jared of Viola, ID; Juanita Sutcliffe of Renton, WA; and Cat Sutcliffe of Denver, CO.  He also leaves nieces and nephew Lindsey McCuaig with her husband Chris and daughter Brynnley; Julie Sutcliffe; Chelsea Sutcliffe; Brooke Sutcliffe; Brandon Gieszelmann and Laurel Gieszelmann.

A Memorial Service will be held 11am Saturday, February 20th at Gladish Community and Cultural Center Auditorium 115 NW State St Pullman, WA 99163. Potluck reception from Noon to 2pm upstairs in the View room. Parking on the west side.

13 Responses to Jamie Sutcliffe

  1. Steve and Ingrid (Krantz) Hanson says:

    Thinking of all of you with the deepest of love.

  2. Sheila Hanson (Pollock) says:

    My caring thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jamie brought many smiles into my young life and I am saddened to read of his passing. I know the love of your wonderful family and faith will be such a great comfort for you.

    • Becky Miller says:

      Dear folks, I am sorry to miss the memorial service for Jamie but I want you to know I have been thinking of you ever since I heard about his death. It is only by the help of family, friends, and especially the Holy Spirit that you can endure this kind of heartbreak. I know your love for him and his for you has been a shining light in his life. God be with you all as you go through this time of loss. I hope to see you soon, Love, Becky Miller

  3. Joan Jones says:

    I knew Jamie from the Moscow Farmers Market, and his wonderful pottery…that stunning blue is my favourite! Daily, Jamie’s art graces our table and help makes our food beautiful and delicious. I’m so, so grateful for his work, and for his kindness to me. I already miss him.

  4. David & Kim Piazza says:

    Our thoughts are with the entire family. While it’s been many years since I had seen Jamie, the wonderful memories of growing up together and the friendship that was shared with Jamie and the entire family brings joy to my heart. May you be comforted by family and friends in this time of sadness.

  5. Mark Lennox says:

    So sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing. I can remember him from way back at Miltown convention from when we were all kids. You folks have always held a special place in my heart. I can remember spending much memorable time visiting with both Nita and Jim on many occasions. I know he will be missed dearly by his family and friends. My wife Vicki and I now live in Sedro Woolley in our own home.

  6. Lowell & Judy says:

    Our thoughts and love are with you all.

  7. Nelson & Preethi Pfister says:

    So sorry for this great loss to all of you. We know how much Jamie meant to the entire family and how special he was to all his friends. Wishing you strength and the comfort of knowing he is finally at peace. We will cherish our Jamie pottery even more than ever now, and his memory lives on through all of you.

    Nelson & Preethi Pfister

  8. Kent and Melisa Parker says:

    Our deepest sympathy and love to the family.

  9. Ray & Bertha Brown says:

    You all have been in our thoughts so much this week and have fond memories of Jamie. Sending our love to the Family.

  10. Karen and Brad Manary says:

    Always enjoyed his quiet, gentle presence when we were all “young kids”. Many fun get togethers and times. Kind thoughts to his family and all those who were closet to him.

  11. Steve and Laurie Cooke says:

    We have been inspired by Jamie’s love for his family, and their love and support for him. I have fond memories of times when he shared his interest in pottery and photography, and when he took time to teach me his craft. As young adults we also enjoyed playing football and volleyball, and going to “sings” and convention. I’ll miss his soft manner, warm greetings, and his eagerness to share.
    We are thankful for God’s love, comfort and understanding.

    Steve “the other brother”

  12. Korwin & Kelly Smith and family says:

    Thinking of you all with love and care. Jamie was special to us too, when we lived in Bellingham, and we have thought of him many times since. We are so sorry for your loss!!

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