Jimmy "Jim" Cobb

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Jimmy "Jim" Cobb, insurance broker, Fallbrook, Calif., son of Leonard and Myrtle Cobb, 75, born in Quincy, passed away Aug. 16, 2014, in Palomar Hospital ICU Trauma Ward, Escondido, Calif., with family members at his side. Jim fell on Aug. 1 and suffered a severe blow to the head and never recovered. He had been ill for quite some time and was being treated for a congestive heart condition and skin cancer.

In 1957, when Jim graduated from Payson High School, he joined the Army Reserves with his friend and future brother-in-law, Kendall Gallaher. They served their basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. After their initial training, they were stationed at Fort Ord, Calif. Jim fell in love with sunny California while he was stationed at Fort Ord. At the completion of his California training, he returned to Payson and married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Gallaher. They recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

After Jim and Marilyn were married, they moved to California in 1961 and he became employed by Sears Roebuck and Co. He worked for Sears for approximately nine years in various sales and management positions. Jim decided to leave Sears and start a career as a broker, building a multi-lines insurance agency in the city of San Ana, Calif.

He began his insurance career originally in Quincy, working for Country Life and Country Mutual with Marilyn's uncle, Charles Robert Hull. In 1969, he entered the insurance industry in California. In 1974, he started an independent agency named Islandia Insurance Services. Jim held property and casualty agent and broker licenses as well as life and disability licenses.

At one time, he insured many dentists and businesses and, due to his dedication and work in crafting policy language favorable to the dental profession, he was granted an honorary member of the Western Dental Society. He insured two insurance companies: Colonial Insurance and Independent Indemnity. In the later part of his insurance career, he based his focus on brokering insurance for the funeral industry and their related businesses.

Jim and Marilyn's children, Alan Cobb and Denise Davis, are both involved in the insurance industry. Alan has an insurance agency and sells commercial insurance in Tustin, Calif. Denise currently has an insurance agency with two other partners and sells commercial insurance in Orange County, Calif.

Jim was an active member of the communities in which he lived, which included San Clemente, Orange, Anaheim Hills and Fallbrook, Calif. He was president of the American Agents Alliance and remained an active member for many years. He served on various homeowner association boards and was a member of the San Clemente Rotary Club for 20 years during which time he served one year as club president. He also served as the Governor's Aide for Jack Stubbs for District 5320 during his San Clemente Rotary years. He supported the Polio Plus Foundation and became a Paul Harris Member.

After they moved to Fallbrook, he joined the Bonsall Rotary Club and helped in their many fundraising events. He was very active in the Anaheim Hills Little League, coaching his son's team for several years and serving on the Little League Board. He was also very active in the Lynwood Jaycees, the town in which his children were born.

Jim loved fishing and camping with his parents, friends and his children. He loved bowling, golfing, playing pinochle with friends, cuddling with his toy poodle and most of all, spending time with his family. Jim was an outstanding father, brother, grandfather and husband. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; a sister, Janice Carroll, of Phoenix; a son, Alan Cobb; a daughter, Denise Davis; three granddaughters, Sarah Cobb, Sydney Cobb and Elyse Davis; a son-in-law, Todd Davis; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Cobb; and many nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Myrtle Cobb.

SERVICES: Memorial services will be Saturday, Sept. 6, in Palisades United Methodist Church, Capistrano Beach, Calif. E-mail mcobb926@gmail.com for details.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Richfield United Methodist Church, c/o Carolyn Oitker, 538 E. 1900th St., Plainville, IL 62365 or the Reins Therapeutic Horsemanship, 4461 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Sept. 3 to Sept. 5, 2014
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