IRWA Member Farewell
James B. (Jim) Price passed away on August 7, 2018 during a solo hiking holiday. Jim was born in 1944 in
Illinois and graduated with a degree in finance from Northern Illinois University. He moved to Seattle in
1966 and two years later, he began work for the Washington Highway Department in Bellevue. In 1972,
he met Peggy Hargiss and they married in 1974. Half the honeymoon was spent sailing in the San Juan
Jim started Appraisal Group of the Northwest in Bellevue in 1986, a company that he would run as the majority partner
until the end of his life. In 1999, he accepted Glenn as an appraiser trainee and in 2014, he was excited for Eileen’s
husband, Phil, to join the business. In 2013, Glenn and his wife Andrea welcomed the birth of their daughter, Inara.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Peggy Price; daughter, Eileen Cole and her husband Phil Cole of Renton; son, Glenn
Price, his wife Andrea Repetto and their daughter Inara Repetto of Bellevue; and his sister Bonny Nolan of Snohomish.
Willfred (Wil) Gerard Thomas passed away on September 19, 2018 from pancreatic cancer. Wil was born
on August 22, 1941 and started working for PG&E right out of high school. He then went on to work for
PGT and TransCanada. Wil loved his involvement with IRWA and said his right of way work was one of
his greatest accomplishments. He loved all the contacts and friendships that he gathered along the way.
Wil and BettyJo were married for 56 years and have three sons (Jeffrey, Gregrey and Kenneth), seven grandchildren and
one great grandchild.
JUAN A. ZARAGOSA
Juan A. Zaragosa passed away on August 20, 2018. Juan was born in San Antonio, Texas on September 19, 1947 to
Jesus and Virginia Lopez Zaragosa. In 1966, he began his career at the Texas State Department of Highways and Public
Transportation as an inspector assigned to the department's Bexar County residency and worked on the construction of
US 90 West and US 281. Juan was promoted to district headquarters in 1973 and continued his advancement to the senior
position of District Right of Way Supervisor for the San Antonio District. He retired from TxDOT in 2003, but continued
to work with the Bexar County Appraisal District and HRM Consultants. He served on the Executive Committee for the
International Right of Way Association.
Juan married Anita "Anna" Zaragosa on February 16, 1968. During their 50 years together, they traveled over half of the
U.S. and, more recently, enjoyed spending time with their granddaughter, Dottie. Juan was skilled in many crafts, including
resin casting and photography. His favorite pastimes included betting on horses, playing tennis, fishing and watching
sports with his son, Chris.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Albert Lopez and Rudy Zaragosa. Juan is survived by his wife,
Anna Zaragosa; son, Christopher J. Zaragosa and wife, Anne; granddaughter, Dottie Claire Zaragosa; sister, Helen Hearne;
brother, Manuel Zaragosa and wife Janie; sister-in-law, Alice Zaragosa; and numerous nieces and nephews.