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James A. West, 89, of Port Orange, Florida, died Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at home in Port Orange, Florida. Jim was born August 29, 1923 in Uvalde, Texas, the son of Appollyon M. West and Agnes M. Smith. He was a veteran of World War II, having quit his studies at University of Texas to enlist in the U.S. Navy following Pearl Harbor. He first came to Florida as a naval aviator at Green Cove Springs and assisted with recovery in Southeast Florida following the Category 4 hurricane of 1945; it was there, in November, that he met Antoinette E. Cavaccini. They married in Houston, Texas on January 5, 1946. Following his honorable discharge, he earned his BS at the University of Houston and his Master's in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa. He was a petroleum and natural gas engineer of international renown who worked for Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Mobil in New York and Venezuela; for the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Amarillo, TX and Washington, D.C.; and the Federal Energy Agency (later the Department of Energy). Mr. West helped organize the International Energy Agency in Brussels, Belgium and Paris, France. He authored the Energy section of the Encyclopedia Britannica Science Yearbook for a number of years. Jim read widely and traveled for business and leisure all over the world. He enjoyed photography and tennis, and doted on his Shelties. He was a member of the University of Texas Longhorn band and played the trumpet; he was also an avid sports fan. Above all, he was devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Antoinette; daughter, Jean M. West, of Port Orange, FL; and granddaughter, Jennifer M. Mueller, of Gainesville, FL. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 5 at United Presbyterian Church, 730 Beville Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, 1 Memorial Drive, Fort Myer, VA 22211. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
, http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/or the
, http://www.cancer.org/; or the USO, http://www.uso.org/.
Haigh-Black Funeral Home
167 Vining Court
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Dec. 15, 2012