JULY 14, 1935 - FEBRUARY 11, 2013
Jim Ballard (McNeil J. Ballard, Jr.) passed away Monday, February 11, 2013. His death was caused by a very fast acting cancer. Jim was at home surrounded by his family. He was 77 years old.
Jim and Jan were the parents of three children. Jeff, Jennifer and Robert. Jeff and his wife Kim Yeary, living in Cameron Park, CA have one daughter Audrey Ballard age 3. Jennifer and husband Frank Dykes, Oakdale, CA have a son Jared Dtykes age 12. Robert, Oakdale, CA has a daughter Chantelle age 23.
Jim was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. His family moved all around the United States as he grew up. He went to Los Gatos High School, went into the Air Force, and graduated from Northwestern University. His first job after college was at Allis Chalmers in West Allis, WI. Jim and Jan were married inWauwatosa, WI in 1963, moved to Santa Clara, CA in 1966 where all three children were born, moved to San Jose, CA 1972, Singapore 1976, Brazil 1980 and back to San Jose in 1982.
Since moving to Oakdale in 1995 Jim and his wife Jan joined Oakdale Golf & CC. Jim was active in many ways over the years. Jim was also involved in many ways with VITA, volunteering his time and talents to do taxes for those who needed VITA's help. The Oakdale Public Library will remember Jim taking time to deliver books to those who were not able to get to the library. He delivered to homes and to the OakValley Care Center. Delta Blood Bank will remember him for his blood donations and being a volunteer driver to carry blood from donor sites to the blood bank in Stockton.
A memorial will be held at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club on Saturday, March 2 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto CA. 95356-9259 or
Published in the Modesto Bee on Feb. 15, 2013