James Richard Womach, 57, of Grandview was tragically killed in a tractor accident on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Grandview.
Jim was born Dec. 9, 1954 in Sunnyside to Royal and Irma (Meyers) Womach.
He received his education through Grandview School District and also attended two years of junior high at Mary Mount Military Academy in Tacoma. He graduated from Grandview High School in 1974.
He was an exceptional athlete who excelled in football, wrestling and baseball during his school days.
He was an active member of the Grandview High School ski club, which he continued his whole life. After completing his education he began farming for his father in Granger.
In 1979 he met the love of his life, Connie Sehnert, and they were married July 31, 1982, in Grandview. In 1985 they had their first child, Carly Marie, and in 1989 they were blessed with their second child, Kyle James.
Jim was a lifelong farmer in the Yakima Valley, where he owned and operated fruit orchards. He was a dedicated and hard worker that truly enjoyed farming.
In Jim's younger days he loved playing softball and was on several teams. Out of all his athletic endeavors, the highlight was being a member of the Grandview slow break Gators basketball team. As much as he loved playing on the Gators team, he really enjoyed meeting at Morries for the pizza and beer with his friends. Being on the water whether he was water skiing or fishing in his boat was his favorite past time. His true passion was fishing and he went every chance he got. It didn't matter where Jim was, he just loved being outdoors.
First and foremost, he loved his family and spending time with them. He was so proud of his children's achievements and the birth of his twin grandchildren Max and Ellie, also witnessing the graduation of his son, Kyle from EWU.
His famous quote for his daughter and her funny antics was "Only Carly." She always made him laugh. Kyle and his dad spent many years bantering over Gonzaga Bulldogs basketball.
Jim was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church of Grandview.
Jim is survived by his wife, Connie of 30 years; his daughter Carly (Nick) Faulk of Grandview; his son, Kyle Womach of Cheney; one sister, Carole (Pete) Schlotfeldt of Grandview; his oldest brother, Bill (Judy) of Poulsbo and brother, Bob Womach of Grandview; two grandchildren, Max and Ellie Faulk; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was blessed to have many wonderful lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Royal Womach (Grandview Investment Company) and his mother, Irma (Meyers) Womach.
Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Jim will be truly missed by his family and many, many wonderful friends.
Connie, Carly and Kyle would like to express their sincere thanks for all the loving tributes, acts of kindness, food, flowers and most of all your support through this difficult time.
Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, July 5, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview.
Those wishing to sign James's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.