Jamie Lynn (Vitt) Cimmiyotti
October 19, 1968 – December 17, 2022
After a three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, Jamie Lynn Cimmiyotti passed away at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington with her husband by her side.
Jamie was born at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Seattle, Washington to Marnie Adams and Wallace Fulton. After the divorce, Jamie and her mom lived with her grandparents for a time and then on their own. Her mom said raising Jamie was easy, as she was always a loving and sweet child. In 1975, Marnie married Robert (Bob) Vitt and he adopted Jamie in 1980.
Jamie was an outstanding scholar and athlete. Her I.Q. was tested, and it surprised her to know she was at around 140! The middle school wanted to transfer her to a Bellevue special school for children who excelled in academics. However, her parents didn’t think it would be good for her to leave her friends and the excellent school she attended, so she stayed put and enjoyed her friends, neighbors, and academics. She was an outstanding athlete and scholar and attended Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington, graduating with honors.
She was a quiet person, but a fierce competitor. She played basketball and golf (on the boys’ team) all four years in high school. Her senior year, her basketball team played for the state title against Hanford in Key Arena. Even though they didn’t win, Jamie always remembered it as an amazing experience. She received a golf scholarship at Washington State University, where she lettered all four years and was a Pac 10 All-Star her senior year. After college, she represented the state of Washington in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Golf Tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia. She placed 15th at that tournament.
Jamie graduated with a degree focused on Human Resource Management. Her achievements in business and human resources were many. She was very proud to hold the designation of Senior Human Resource Management Certified Professional. She had over 30 years of Human Resource Management experience in a variety of industries including agriculture and nuclear. She was Vice President of Human Resources for River Point Farms for many years and was Senior Human Resource Generalist at Community First Bank Tri-Cities Washington at the time of her death.
Jamie married John Cimmiyotti at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton, Oregon on October 27, 2001. On May 8, 2006, they were blessed with the light of their lives, Claire Christina Cimmiyotti. Claire was the joy of Jamie’s life, and nothing made her happier than to be called “Claire’s Mom”. John and Jamie took her on many fun trips to Disneyland. A special memory was taking Claire to Las Vegas for her first concert, where they saw Bruno Mars perform.
John and Jamie spent a lot of time on the golf course together, sometimes playing in couples tournaments. Claire would decorate their golf balls with their dogs’ names or special messages, so if they hit a bad shot, it would make them laugh when they went to get their ball. John remembers Jamie telling him to stop saying “sorry” while they were playing together, as Jamie usually had the lower score. Jamie entered tournaments around the area and won the Tumbleweed Tournament at the Tri-Cities Country Club four times and placed second multiple times.
Jamie loved animals. She had many dogs and cats throughout her marriage to John and especially loved her former dogs Cooper, Jake and Riley. She will be missed by her little Chihuahua, Lady.
The family would like to thank Dr. Brian Druker, Director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, the doctors in the infusion center at Trios and especially the wonderful nurses on the fourth floor at Kadlec Hospital who cared for her and her family the last week of her life. They would also like to thank Jordan Schnitzer, who has been a wonderful friend.
Jamie was preceded in death by her Grandparents, Robert and Marjorie Adams of Seattle, Washington, Sadie and Doy Herrod of Blaine Washington, and her father and mother-in-law, Paul and Ann Cimmiyotti, of Pendleton, Oregon. She is survived by her husband, John, daughter, Claire and her parents, Bob and Marnie Vitt of Kennewick, Washington.
There will be a Rosary at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kennewick, Washington, on January 12th at 10:30 a.m., to be followed by a Memorial Mass at 11:00 a.m. There will be an Interment of Ashes Ceremony for the family at the Condon, Oregon Cemetery in the Spring.
Donations in her honor may be made to Tri-Cities Animal Shelter, Pasco Washington, or a charity of your choice.