James H. Blaziek |
Oct 29, 1941 - Jun 21, 2013
Resident of Rodeo
Jim passed away peacefully in his sleep after a courageous fight against colon cancer. Known for his sense of humor, Jim remained positive and survived years longer than the doctors had originally predicted.
Jim grew up in Rodeo, playing baseball every chance he could. He graduated from John Swett High School and San Jose State University, earning a Bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in psychology. As a teenager he worked at Padilla's Union 76 Gas Station. He was a volunteer fireman for Rodeo from 1959 to 1961, and spent summers working at the C&H Sugar Factory.
From 1964 to 1966, Jim served in the U.S. Army; he was stationed at Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia, where he worked in the psychiatric facility.
Upon his return home Jim was hired as a Probation Officer for Alameda County, where he worked for more than 31 years. He moved to Castro Valley in 1969, and returned to Rodeo in 2001. After his retirement, Jim particularly enjoyed his luncheon groups and keeping in touch with his many friends.
Jim is survived by his beloved son, Michael Blaziek (Yvonne) of Castro Valley; his niece Lori Mattley (Tom) of Roseville; and his nephew, Matt Horner of Moraga.
Services will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 825 Seventh St., Rodeo, CA 94572 at 11:00 AM, Monday, July 1.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
or Hospice of the East Bay.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 28, 2013