JAMES LEE STRAIN
Apr. 27, 1931 - Oct. 14, 2013
James Strain was called home to be with the Lord on October 14, 2013, at 82 years of age. He died of natural causes at ECRMC.
A 1949 CUHS grad, Mr. Strain served honorably in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1954, after which he married Elizabeth Rose Fulton of Yakima, WA. After the birth of their third child, the Strains returned from Washington to the Imperial Valley, residing in Holtville since 1964. They have been beloved members and leaders in the Church of the Nazarene in Holtville and/or El Centro since that time.
Jim Strain was a dedicated educator who served on the Imperial County Board of Education from 1985-2013. Mr. Strain's career at Crossland Office Supply, El Centro, spanned 33 yrs.; he retired in 1992 as General Manager. Later he was a public relations consultant for the Mesquite Regional Landfill project in Imperial County.
The IV Gem & Mineral Society counts Jim Strain as a Past President and treasured lifetime member. Locals frequently saw Mr. Strain at the Gem & Mineral Building at the Mid-Winter Fairgrounds, and through the IVC Extension he taught Lapidary Arts there for over 10 years. In 1995, he was awarded the Golden Bear, in appreciation and recognition of outstanding service to the CA Federation of Mineralogical Societies. The National Rockhound & Lapidary Hall of Fame inducted Jim Strain in 1996, and maintains a display of his work. His geologic expertise led to Mr. Strain's appointment to the Public Lands Advisory Committee's Desert Advisory Council by James Watt, Secretary of the Interior under President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Strain was instrumental in maintaining access to local deserts for recreation.
Mr. Strain was preceded in death by parents Lloyd and Verna Strain of El Centro, CA, and sister Carolyn Hisel of Sun City, CA.
He is survived by Elizabeth Strain, his loving wife of 59 years, siblings Kenneth Strain and Sue Strain of El Centro, CA, children Douglas Strain of Holtville, CA, Carol Loop and Sharon Bennett of El Centro, CA, Beth Ann Maynard of Beaumont, CA, Laura Orear of Wasilla, AK, and Wendy Ravenel of Escondido, CA. He is further survived by grandchildren Michelle Keperling of San Diego, CA, Sara Loop of Salton City, CA, Dustin Loop of El Centro, CA, Nicole Bennett of San Diego, CA, Tyler Bennett of Holtville, CA, Hannah Antinucci and Hollie Moore of Cherry Valley, CA, Trevor Orear of Yucaipa, CA, Chelsea Orear of Glendora, CA, and Tristen Orear of Wasilla, AK. Additionally survived by great grandsons Brett Keperling, 13, Roczen Antinucci, 2, and Ripken Antinucci, 8 months.
Viewing, open to all friends and family will be Tuesday, October 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hems Brothers Mortuary, 1975 S 4th St., El Centro, CA 92243. Memorial Service, also open to all will take place Wednesday, October 23 at 10 a.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 500 S 8th St, El Centro, CA 92243. Fellowship and luncheon following service: First Baptist Church, 724 W. Orange, El Centro CA 92243. Home cooks are welcome to add pot luck favorites to share.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Strain and the family encourage contributions to the Imperial Valley Gem & Mineral Society Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1721, El Centro, CA 92244.