James (Jim, Jimmy) Edward King left us too early on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Jimmy was born at Lodi Memorial Hospital on Feb. 13, 1959 and enjoyed the life of growing up in a small town playing sports, riding bikes, fishing and hanging out with friends. At Galt High School, he was student body president and admirably played on the football and golf teams. Days of water skiing on the Delta at the Meadows were particularly happy memories with family and friends. After high school, Jimmy began working for Bill Graham's Presents concert company and quickly became a favorite among his peers for his ability to defuse a situation (he was a big guy with a gentle touch). His work had him traveling around Northern California along with tours across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. The Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, Skid Row, Stone Temple Pilots and Red Hot Chili Peppers all requested Jimmy to make their concerts run smoothly. Even though he had seen many parts of the world, Galt was his home. Finished with traveling Jimmy and his wife Gerry recently bought a home in Galt where he had visions of making a wonderful place of solitude for the two of them. It was while making home improvements, doing something that he loved, that he died from a massive heart attack.
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Jimmy was a third generation Galtonian whose grandfather, August Pahl, was one of the first city councilmen. He is survived by his wife Gerry, and his daughter Morgan, along with his stepson Michael (Lupe) and granddaughter Sophia. Jimmy is also survived by his loving mother Jeanette (Harry) Munsill, his brother John (Jann) and his sister Judi (Clay), along with his niece Tristan, nephews Michael, Travis and Devin; uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.
Jimmy will be dearly missed by his family and friends, but the memories that he provided us all will live on. At a recent event in San Francisco, Jimmy's work family of nearly 30 years paid tribute to him, and their open love and admiration for him was heartfelt and will not be forgotten.
A Memorial Service for family and friends to join in celebrating Jimmy's life will be Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at Galt Bible Church, 801 Church Street in Galt.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 31 to June 7, 2013