Wilson III, James Edward |
On November 20, 2012, James Edward "Jim" Wilson III died of injuries sustained in a fall at his ranch in the hills outside of Hemet, CA. He was 78 years old and is survived by 4 children, Julian Lee Wilson (his wife Heather of Hemet, CA and thier children, Roxanne, Miles, Lili and Eden); James Edward Wilson IV (wife Caroline and their child James Edward Wilson V of Irvine, CA); Chet Christian Wilson (husband Matthew of Portland, OR); Judianne Elizabeth Wilson (Reno, NV); and his step-sons, Marko Ivanisevic (San Clemente, CA) and Joe Meyer and his wife Kasinee (Pismo Beach, CA). Jim loved nothing more than spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Jim Wilson's ranch was a place he truly loved and many of his friends and family had spent many happy times there. He was always working on some project and loved to offer newcomers a chance to drive the bulldozer. His children and grandchildren were able to spend a lot of healthy, outdoor kid time there, building forts and lookouts and swimming in the pond.
Jim Wilson was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Wilson II; his mother, Alice Elizabeth Wilson Scanlon; and his sister, Judith Anne Wilson. His father died when Jim was only 20, and his mother remarried Jim Scanlon and they lived in Long Beach until his mother's death. Jim moved his step-father out to the "ranch" where he eventually passed away and is buried. Jim has been laid to rest next to his father, mother and sister, Judy in the family plot at Loma Vista Cemetery in Fullerton, CA. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Jan 6th at the American Legion Hall in Newport Beach at 1:00 pm. All who knew Jim are welcome to attend.
Jim Wilson was born in Orange, CA and grew up in Long Beach. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, The Art Center in Pasadena and Chouinard Art School. He was a lifeguard in Long Beach off and on for twenty years and an avid sailor. Sailing was one of his great loves in life - he always had a sailboat and when he wasn't at the ranch, he was usually on his boat. Jim also served in the Coast Guard during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion in Newport Beach. He was very proud of his service. During the 1960's and 70's, Jim was the owner/operator of a very popular burger joint in Belmont Shore called Woody's Goodies. Most people who grew up in the Long Beach area remember Woody's Goodies, and Jim's mom, Alice and his step-father, Jim Scanlon, who operated the little restaurant.
Jim Wilson went into Real Estate during the time he was lifeguarding and then became a Real Estate Broker. He operated Wilson Real Estate in Long Beach for many years before moving to South Orange County and starting California Land and Home Sales. He was one of the first land developers in the Temecula/Rancho California area in the 1970's and 80's, and built many of the roads and subdivided many of the land parcels in and around that area, including properties he purchased from Governor Ronald Reagan.
Jim Wilson had many, many friends. He was a very generous man, warm and full of life, and very funny. He was loved by all those whose lives he touched. He will be so very missed by his family and friends.
For those who would like to make a donation in his memory, the family would appreciate donations to the American Red Cross. It will help to save a life.
Published in Orange County Register on Dec. 25, 2012