Passed away peacefully at home on April 17, 2014 with his wife and family members by his side. He was born on December 2, 1931 in Newport, Arkansas but grew up in Texas. Jimmy joined the Navy in 1951. His Naval service led him to the USO in Oakland, CA where he met and fell in love with his wife, Phyllis. They were married in June 1956. In October 1957 he joined the California Highway Patrol. In the course of his career, he worked in both Marin and Sonoma Counties. He retired from the Marin Office in December 1985. After he retired, he began working for the State Police at Cal Expo in Sacramento and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Phyllis, his two daughters, Karen Astin (Dennis) and Jayna Gravesen (Tom) and his four siblings Betty Germann, Linda Coleman, and Ray and Gary Street. He also leaves behind a beloved nephew, Richard Germann, whom he thought more a son than a nephew. Jim is also survived by four grandsons Thomas Gravesen (Katie), Christopher Gravesen, Michael Dickinson (Tiffany) and Bradley Dickinson (Cammie). He was the great-grandfather of Eli and Dillon Gravesen and Chevy Dickinson. Jimmy was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sonoma and VFW post 1929 and the Elks Lodge both in Petaluma. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks Lodge, 2105 S. McDowell Blvd. at 11:00 a.m.. on Monday, May l2.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 26 to Apr. 29, 2014