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SPOKANE, WA: Ian Edward Graham died Feb. 13, 2015 at Deaconess Hospital, Spokane, Wash. with his wife at his side after a valiant battle with flu, pneumonia and complications. Ian was born in Cambridge, Mass. to the late Edward D. Graham and Marion Ives (Graham) Willis on October 3, 1956. In the summer of 1965, he moved to Derry, N.H. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 1974, then attended Syracuse University where he majored in communications (video-media writing, production and post-production). After college, he worked in NYC for network cooking shows (and became a gourmet cook), then for a “woods and water” show that involved on-location photography of American wildlife. A classic example is a sequence shot in Denali Nat’l Park, Alaska of more than a dozen bear cubs learning how to fish for salmon during the spring salmon run: each cub had developed its own method of landing and devouring salmon.

In 1982, Ian married Rebecca Knox of Syracuse, N.Y. They lived in Brooklyn, then Florida, N.Y. and in the late 80’s moved to Spokane, Wash. where Ian and a friend founded Image Productions, a successful freelance video production and advertising business. One of their contracts was for a series of online high school and college level courses which Ian researched, wrote and produced on a variety of subjects, for example “The Scientific Method.” He had a beautiful speaking voice which he used to advantage in voice-overs for many clients. Most recently, he edited an account of a lurid 1937 murder in Montana. The book entitled “Murder in Montana” was published in 2014.

Ian was widely read in many subjects and his broad knowledge and huge heart allowed him to relate effortlessly to people of all ages and backgrounds. He also loved animals, as a series of faithful dogs well knew (his aunt says he “spoke dog well”). Among other interests, both Ian and his wife were active in state and county Democratic Party politics in the Greater Spokane area: they manned many booths at local festivals.

Ian was brilliant, mercurial, funny, creative and artistic with an incisive imagination, a real individualist; he died too soon, and will be sorely missed.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca (Knox) of Newman Lake, Wash.; his mother, Marion (Ives) Willis of Derry, N.H.; his brother, Gordon B. Graham of Derry, N.H., stepbrother, Peter Graham and stepsisters, Ann (Graham) Nichols of Lansing, Mich. and Janet Jones of Winchester, Mass., and stepbrother, Rick Willis of Willow Grave, Pa., his dear aunts, Elizabeth Ives and Margaret Ives of Derry and uncle, Robert Ives of Valparaiso, Ind. He also leaves numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be memorial service for Ian in Derry in the Spring.
Published on  March 5, 2015
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