James (Jim) L. Frey


February 8, 2023

James (Jim) L. Frey, 83, a longtime

resident of the Skagit Valley

passed away in Mount Vernon on

Monday, January 30, 2023. He

was born in Madison, Nebraska

on March 14, 1939 to Ervin and

Alice Frey. He graduated from

Mount Vernon High School with

the Class of 1956, and earned his

college degree from Bob Jones

University in Greenville, SC in


In 1961 Jim married Kay

Randles in Mount Vernon. He

taught school in La Conner for

13 years and then started his own

business as Frey Construction.

He and his wife raised their

three children on Pleasant

Ridge, near La Conner, and

began Downey House Bed and

Breakfast when their children

were grown. After nine years of

innkeeping, they moved to Mount

Vernon. Jim continued working

as a contractor until he retired,

eventually settling in Heather

Village where he and Kay enjoyed

tending their garden and hosting

neighbors, friends and family.

Jim was active in various

ministries at Emmanuel Baptist

Church since he began there

when in high school. He enjoyed

sports, both participating when

younger, and coaching basketball

and football at La Conner High

School. Being a farm boy,

cultivating a garden was a joy, as

was sharing it with others.

Survivors are his wife Kay,

brother Warren Frey, sister Jane

Fleshman, daughter Korynn

(John) Tronsdal of Mount

Vernon; son Jim (Jeanette)

Frey of Bellingham, and son

John (Michelle) Frey of Mount

Vernon. Grandchildren; Lauren

(Beau) Keown, Kristen (Andrew)

Clarke, and Taryn Frey. Great

Grandchildren; Camden and

Jackson Clarke, Noah and Emily


He was preceded in death by

his parents and his brother-in-law,

Kirk Fleshman.

A memorial service will be

held at Emmanuel Baptist Church

in Mount Vernon on February

18, at 1PM. You may offer your

condolences and share memories

of Jim for his family online at



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