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James Eubanks

Obituary of James Langdon Eubanks

James (Jim) Langdon Eubanks died January 27th at the age of 73. He was born in Hemet, California on October 31st, 1946 to Homer Stanton and Ruth Pauline Eubanks. Jim was raised in Hemet and Palm Springs and attended Palm Springs High School, where he met his high school sweetheart Sara Lynn Stocker. Jim and Sara wed in 1965 and celebrated 53 years of marriage in 2019. Jim attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, California while he and Sara were raising two young children Penelope (born April 10th, 1966) and Jim Jr. (born December 11th, 1967). Jim received his Bachelor’s degree and shortly thereafter attended Arizona State University in Tempe where he received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the age of 25; one of the youngest Ph.Ds ever for the department. Entering a less than opportune academic job market, Jim supported his young family with a number of jobs (in educational technology, starting Desert Mountain Associates—a consulting firm, doing Human Factors research for the Air Force, and even working construction) before landing a coveted tenure track faculty position at Central Washington University (CWU) in 1983. He served in the CWU Psychology Department where he directed the Master of Science in Organizational Development (MSOD) program, published internationally recognized research, and was a dedicated and popular lecturer. Jim was recognized by his peers for raising the stature of his department, infusing all his work with a high level of scientific rigor. He retired in 2007 as professor emeritus. Upon Jim’s retirement, he and Sara (who retired as a teacher at Morgan Middle School) moved to Bisbee, Arizona where the passions that they had cultivated—hiking, global travel, and artistic pursuits—could finally find full expression. Jim was an avid outdoorsman, metal artist, reader, and interpreter of current events. The same ethic of public service he showed during his working career continued in his retirement, volunteering his time to helping others. He had many dogs during his lifetime and loved them all like family. He would still tear up at the memory of dogs he had lost decades ago. Jim is survived by his wife Sara, his children Penelope Andress (husband Peter Andress) and Jim Eubanks Jr. (wife Carol Eubanks), and his grandchildren Zachary Andress (fiancée Mackenzie Coleman), Julia Eubanks, and Esme Eubanks. In lieu of flowers, feel free to send donations to Doctors Without Borders, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
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