James Nordlie Obituary
 
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James Marshall Nordlie

August 19, 1941 - October 14, 2019
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James Marshall Nordlie August 19, 1941 – October 14, 2019 Concord, CA James "Jim" Marshall Nordlie passed away in Concord, CA on Monday evening, October 14, 2019, after a long illness. Jim was born to Jens A. Nordlie and Bertha E. Nordlie (Marshall) in San Francisco on August 19, 1941. He and his family resided in Alameda and Hayward before settling in San Leandro. Jim graduated from San Leandro High School in 1959. College bound, he worked various jobs to pay for his tuition, one semester at a time. He received an AA Degree from Chabot College in June 1964. His perseverance to obtain an education, while working full-time, led...


James Marshall Nordlie
August 19, 1941 – October 14, 2019
Concord, CA
James "Jim" Marshall Nordlie passed away in Concord, CA on Monday evening, October 14, 2019, after a long illness.
Jim was born to Jens A. Nordlie and Bertha E. Nordlie (Marshall) in San Francisco on August 19, 1941. He and his family resided in Alameda and Hayward before settling in San Leandro. Jim graduated from San Leandro High School in 1959.
College bound, he worked various jobs to pay for his tuition, one semester at a time. He received an AA Degree from Chabot College in June 1964. His perseverance to obtain an education, while working full-time, led to studies at San Francisco State University, a BA Degree in Accounting from Golden Gate College, a Degree of Juris Doctor from Hastings College of the Law, a Certificate in Alcoholic and Drug Abuse Studies from UC Berkeley Extension and lastly, an MS Degree in Counseling from California State University - Hayward.
In his youth, Jim delivered newspapers, served as an altar boy at All Saints Episcopal Church in San Leandro and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. For many years, he was active in the Masonic youth organization Order of DeMolay, San Leandro Chapter. He was installed as Master Councilor in November 1959, and received the Degree of Chevalier in March 1961. It was at a DeMolay-sponsored Valentine's Day dance where he met his future wife, Gayle Gundersen. They were married in August 1964.
Jim joined the Berkeley Police Department in 1965, in the midst of the Civil Rights and Free Speech Movements and the Vietnam War protests. He left Berkeley late 1967 to attend the California Highway Patrol Academy. After graduating from the Academy, he worked as a CHP Officer for the next 11 1/2 years, at which time he retired from police work.
In the years that followed, he and his wife traveled within the U.S. and to France and Norway, the homeland of his dad and grandparents. He worked part-time at Greater Bay Insurance Agency and was a substitute teacher for schools in Contra Costa County (CCC). He completed his graduate studies in law and counseling, and did internships at Horizon Services, Inc. in Hayward and Discovery Counseling Services in Danville. From 1989-1991, he served as Chair of the CCC Alcoholism Advisory Board, and was a recipient of the 2003 "People Who Make A Difference" Award from the CCC Board of Supervisors and The Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board.
Jim was a sports enthusiast, both as a spectator and participant. He enjoyed skiing and bowling, played football, baseball and basketball, and competed in track and field during his formative years. His true love, however, was the martial arts. A former judo student, he was introduced to Kenpo karate in 1963. For some 40+ years he studied under the late Great Grandmaster Charles Gaylord, achieving the rank of 9th Degree black belt and the title Senior Grandmaster. In 1966, Jim opened his own karate school, the Concord School of Karate - Gaylord's Method, which is still in operation today. He was a member of the Kajukenbo Association of America.
Jim loved his family and was so proud of his children's accomplishments and the adults they have become. One of his fondest memories was when his son, a lieutenant aboard the USS Gray, invited him on a Tiger Cruise from Pearl Harbor to Alameda. Above all, his greatest joy was being a grandpa. As long as he was able, he never passed up an opportunity to attend their various activities, whether it be sporting events, school programs, graduations, etc.
He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Gayle; three children - Christian Nordlie (Kelly), Sonja Nordlie (Scott Neal) and Julie Nordlie-Hansz (David Hansz); eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Bertha Nordlie, and his aunt, Tulla D'Hurst.
The Nordlie Family thanks TreVista Senior Living and Memory Care and LifeGuard Hospice Care, Inc. for their kindness and support, and the care they provided to Jim.
Private services are being arranged by the Neptune Society of Northern California - Walnut Creek.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, East Bay Office; 3675 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Suite 250; Lafayette, CA 94549; Phone (925) 284-7942.

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