James “Jim” Crary



Jim Crary was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. He is the sixth of nine children. At twelve years old, he began to hunt, a hobby he continues to this day. He attended Creighton University in Omaha for two years before enlisting in the Army, where he was trained as a military policeman and a correctional specialist. He returned to college at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington in August, 1973 where he played two years of football under Frosty Westering. He took a semester abroad in Oslo, Norway where he learned Norwegian. He graduated from PLU in May 1976, with a B.B.A. Jim took a year off after college and worked at Rochester Better Chance in Rochester, Minnesota as a live-in tutor.


In 1977, Jim married his wife Dianna and started law school at the University of San Diego. While in law school, he did a six month internship in Anchorage, Alaska with the Municipality of Anchorage’s Legal Department. After law school he worked in Grand Forks, North Dakota for a small law firm for a year and taught contracts and a CPA review course at the University of North Dakota School of Business and Accounting. In July, 1982, Jim returned to Anchorage where he worked for the Municipality of Anchorage’s Law Department for 14 years. During his tenure with the Municipality he was a prosecutor, worked on insurance defense, and handled procurement and contract matters. In January of 1997 Jim joined BP’s Procurement Department. He worked for BP until December 2013 when he retired. While with BP he worked in Anchorage, on the North Slope of Alaska, and in Algeria.


In 2001 he and his wife purchased property 20 miles east of Ashland, Oregon in the Siskiyou Mountains. In June of 2006 they relocated the family from Anchorage to the new property and built the home where they now live.


Jim has four children: a son, David, and three daughters, Alex, Emily and Grace. David lives in New Mexico. Alex and Emily are teachers in the Ashland area. Grace is a freshman at the University of Oregon. .


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