April 29, 2010

(10/2/1939 - 4/12/2010)

James DeMarce, 70, Director of Coal Mine Workers’ Compensation at the United States Department of Labor, died April 12, 2010, at Virginia Hospital Center of a heart attack. He was a resident of Arlington, VA.

He had served as Director since September 1983, having joined the Department of Labor in 1976 as an attorney with the Benefits Review Board. Prior to that, he served as assistant professor of history and humanities at Northwest Missouri State College, Maryville, MO.

James Lyle DeMarce was born October 2, 1939, in Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin. He graduated from Spring Valley, Wisconsin, high school and the Wisconsin State College - River Falls. He received a M.A. in modern European history from Stanford in 1963 and a J.D. from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, in 1976.

He was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Falls Church, VA.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Virginia Easley, whom he married in Columbia, MO; three children, Karl (Brenda) of Memphis, MO, John (Melinda) of Arlington, VA, and Josephine (Brian Babcock) of Salem, VA; five grandchildren, Catherine, Marie, Renée, William, and Susannah DeMarce; and two step-grandchildren, Ian and Cohen Babcock.

Memorials are suggested to the Col. Robert Jenkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3233 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22042; the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104; or Bluegrass Country WAMU 88.5 FM, ATTN: Membership, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016-8082.

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