IAM Mourns Loss of Retired General Vice President James Malott

The IAM is deeply saddened by the loss of retired IAM General Vice President James Walter Malott. He passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2024, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. We share in the grief of all those who knew and loved him, and we remember him for his dedication to the IAM members. 

Malott joined the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and left for San Diego, on Feb. 4, 1952, his 20th birthday. After boot camp, he traveled to Japan on the USS Bryce Canyon. He spent four years on the ship, traveling back and forth from Long Beach, CA, to Japan, the Philippines, and Korea, with stops in Oahu, Hawaii.

In 1956, he worked at the Bendix Plant as a tool and die maker and shop steward. This work began his 28 years of service to the IAM and the labor movement.

From 1961 to 1964, Malott became an organizer for IAM District 71 in Kansas City, and from 1964 until 1966, he served as a Business Representative. In 1966, he became a Special Representative and a Grand Lodge Representative in 1967 to the Midwest Territory. In 1985, he was elected as General Vice President and assigned to eight states in the Northwest Territory until his retirement in 1989.

“General Vice President Malott dedicated his life to service, both to his country and the labor movement,” said IAM International President Brian Bryant. “His journey from Navy serviceman to a distinguished leader in the IAM exemplifies a legacy of commitment, resilience, and profound impact on the lives of many.”

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 10, 2024, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel, 1101 N.E. 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684. A graveside service will follow from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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