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Dec. 7, 1941 - Oct. 1, 2013

James Presley Downs, 71, of Imperial lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
James was born on December 7, 1941 in Keiser, Arkansas. He married Susan Downs on August 12, 1978 in El Centro. After graduating from Holtville High in 1959, he served 2 years in the U.S. Army. He worked as an El Centro fire fighter. Then later as a teacher for the Calipatria Unified School District after graduating from SDSU. He loved his family, traveling and reading western and history books. He will always be in our hearts.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosie; 2 year old son, Derek; and parents, George Presley and Gillie Mae Downs.
He is survived by his wife, Susan of Imperial; sons, Jason Paul of Sydney, Australia, Joshua (Tiki) of Imperial, CA; Jordan of Rochester, NY, Chance (Crystal) of Fairfax, VA; brother, Herman (Patti) of Edmond, OK; brother-in-law, Tim Derrick of Imperial; sister-in-law, Kathy (David) Oakley of El Centro, CA; grandsons, Jared of Sydney, Australia, Derek of Imperial, CA, Jacob of Imperial, CA, Jace of Rochester, NY; granddaughter, Paige of Fairfax, VA; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro. Service will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. officiated by Pastor Ron Griffen at First United Methodist Church in El Centro. Burial will immediately follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Family suggest memorials go in the name of James Downs to Bannister Family House at UCSD Health System, 200 W. Arbor Dr. MC 8961, San Diego, CA 92103.

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, 2013
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