James W. Violette, born in Coalinga, CA, passed away March 12 in San Luis Obispo, CA after a brief illness. His parents were Fred and Evalyn Violette. They owned Walker's Café in Coalinga for many years until the 1980's earthquake.
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Jim attended Coalinga schools from kindergarten through his graduation from Coalinga College, where he received an AS degree.
Jim began his long career with the oil industry in Taft, CA in 1973. He was transferred to Kenai, Alaska in 1975 to head up the new division as its representative and later as the district manager. He had a large area of responsibility, which included the Cook Inlet and the North Slope He was transferred back to California in 1998 and settled in Morro Bay. He worked for Petrolite Corp. and later Nalco for over 40 years and enjoyed the many friends he made over the years.
Jim received many awards and honors during his career. He was named "Million Dollar Salesman" twice during his years in Alaska. He was a member of BPOE for over 50 years. He belonged to the Coalinga Rifle Club, where he spent many happy hours with his friend David Dornan. He loved teaching his grandson CJ how to fish, and spent many happy hours with his granddaughter Parker, riding bikes, hiking, going to the park.
Jim was so very loved by his family and his many friends, and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Judi; daughters Denise Raulli and grandson C.J. of Mission Viejo, CA; Allison Violette and granddaughter Parker Oliva of Grover Beach, CA; and Nicole Violette of Kenai, AK. Also his beloved cousin, Vickie Pena and husband Art of Victorville, CA; and dear childhood friend David Dornan of San Ramon, CA.
In lieu of flowers, you may contribute to the trust fund he set up for his granddaughter, Parker Olivia (6 years old) at Rabobank in Morro Bay or Hospice Partners of Central Coast..
There will be a graveside service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery on Calaveras in Coalinga, CA at 10:30am on March 20, 2013, followed by a Life Celebration at the Mountain Oyster on Elm Street at 11:30pm.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 16, 2013