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Jim Seeley

Died: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Tue., Feb. 11, 2020
Location: Bandon Dunes

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Jim Seeley of Bandon, Oregon passed away on January 12, 2020, after a nine month battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was 77 years old.  Jim was born and raised in the small farming community of Jerome, Idaho and was the son of Richard and Victoria Seeley.  He began playing golf at the age of ten and it quickly became his lifelong passion and avocation.

Jim graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964. Following graduation, Jim served six years in the fleet which included two tours in Vietnam. Subsequent to his deployment, Jim served on the faculty of the Naval Academy teaching Leadership, Management, and Naval Tactics for two years before deciding to follow his heart and enter the golf business.

Jim was a Life Member of The Professional Golfers’ Association of America.  A fine player in his early career, Jim played in several PGA TOUR events and qualified and played in the 1977 (British) Open Championship at Turnberry.

Prior to joining PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties in 1984, Jim was the General Manager and Director of Golf at Prince Georges Country Club in Landover, Maryland.  During his 11 years with the PGA TOUR, Jim was the General Manager and Director of Golf at the Tournament Players Club at Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Florida and the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac, Maryland, both of which were PGA TOUR tournament stops.

Following his tenure with the PGA TOUR, Jim joined KemperSports Management in 1995 where he was the Executive Vice President of Operations for 17 years. His oversight of numerous KemperSports managed properties including Bandon Dunes Golf Resort led to his being named in 2008 as “One of the Most Admired Operators” by Golf, Inc. magazine. 

After retiring in 2011, Jim and his wife Rae moved to Bandon, Oregon where Jim was named the first Executive Director of Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA). He served in this position until January 2020.

 Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rae; sister, Vickie Jacobs (Ron); brother, Don Seeley (Terri) and sister, Peg Montgomery.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held February 11 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Jim Carmalt
   Posted Tue January 21, 2020
My most sincere condolences to the family and particularly Rae. I had the great privilege to work for Jim and Rae when the Kemper Open was the premier tournament at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel, in Potomac, Maryland. He changed my life for the better. I have never met anyone more focused on achieving a goal and determined to guide people to a better life. RIP Jim. You made a very positive difference in my life.

Tom Mahan
   Posted Wed January 22, 2020
Shirley and my deepest condolences to Rae for keeping our friend Jim on the straight and narrow as his partner in life. You both did well. Jim and I graduated from Jerome HS together in 1960 and followed each other over our careers. Jim was a fine and fun-loving person throughout his life. He served his nation well and was a great addition for Bandon Dunes. Too soon, but well lived.
Tom & Shirley

Victoria Binning
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
Sending much love to Jim's family. I served as an AmeriCorps member with the Southwestern Oregon Food Systems Collaborative, a group that Jim and Marie supported through the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance. I thoroughly appreciate Jim for mentoring me, supporting my work with the economic development of the fishing industry on the South Coast, and for putting up with my lack of golfing knowledge. His leadership and vision for rural Oregon will be greatly missed.

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