June 28, 1988 – October 26, 2023
James Michael Pace passed away on October 26th in Seattle, WA at the age of 35. He was born in Vancouver, WA on June 28th, 1988 to parents Richard and Margaret “Maggie” Pace. Known to his family and friends as Bubba, he lived his 35 years to the fullest, with deep creativity, generosity, and spirit of inclusivity. He was known for his quick wit, infectious laugh, his ability to engage in spirited conversations, and incredible vocal talent. A 2006 graduate of Washougal High School, Bubba was involved with Student Government, Choir Ensemble, and was an integral member of the WHS Drama department and Panther Players group, as well as regional productions with the Blue Parrot Theatre. Notable performances include the voice of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and his scene-stealing turn as the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. After graduation, Bubba worked exclusively in the hospitality industry in Portland as well as Seattle, where he last resided. He could interact with his customers like no other, poured a really good drink with a side of sass, and helped open several popular establishments in the Seattle area. Outside of work, music was still essential in his life from concerts and festivals to karaoke nights with his friends. He inherited the crafty gene from his beloved Mother and his homemade costumes for any occasion were legendary. Bubba was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his brother, William “Butch” Steigmann and sister-in-law Robin Steigmann, his brother Stanley “Joe” Steigmann, his nieces Ashlyn and Alyson “Ally” Steigmann, and his nephews, Joseph “Joe” Cornwall and Will Steigmann, plus numerous friends and soulmates who became family. A celebration of life will be held in Seattle.