June 20, 1940 - June 29, 2013
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Our beloved father Jim passed away last Saturday at his home in Downey. Jim was born in Casper, Wyoming and lived there until he and his parents moved to California when he was a teenager. He met and married his former wife Marion and they had two daughters. One of Jim's greatest enjoyments in life was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle with his friends. He was a loving father, and a good friend who was always willing to help someone in need. He had the rare ability to provide a good home life for his family while maintaining his adventurous biker lifestyle. Jim was an animal lover and there was no creature he wasn't interested in and concerned about. He had a keen philosophical and scientific mind, and was open to new ideas and information until his final days. Survivors include his daughters Cynthia and Cathleen, his aunt Elvie Parker, his long-time companion Teri Johnson, and their beloved dog R.D., who all loved him dearly. Jim had many special dogs throughout his life, but R.D. held an extra special place in his heart and brought him great joy. Jim's countless friends and brothers will remember him as a charming and unique character that lived his life to the fullest. A verse from the song The Pilgrim by one of his favorite artists Kris Kristofferson could best sum up how Jim felt about his life: "From the rocking of the cradle to the rolling of the hearse, the going up was worth the coming down." Jim wanted no fanfare, and his remains will be cremated and spread at sea according to his wishes. For those who would like to express their love for Jim, he would have most appreciated a donation in his name to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah or other animal rescue group.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 6, 2013