1944 - 2014
WILSON, James Thomas "Jim," born July 4, 1944 in Tekamah, Burt County, Nebraska, passed away on August 24, 2014 in Grass Valley, CA at the age of 70.
Jim spent much of his childhood on the family farm in Iowa. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Elverta, California, and in 1962, he graduated from James Marshall High School in Sacramento, California.
Jim completed his electrician apprenticeship program in July of 1967, just shortly before he was drafted into the United States Army in November 1967, where he served his country overseas as a specialist in motors and generators. After leaving the United States Army on an honorable discharge in October 1968 to help care for his ill and dying father back home, he spent the next 37 years working as an electrician in the Sacramento and Bay Area. Most of his career was spent with Harold E. Nutter & Son, Inc. of Sacramento, California.
He retired in the small town of Grass Valley, California with his best friend and love, Shirley Varian, where he enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors, working on his house and tending to his yard and vegetable garden, baking bread and creating pies with the abundance of apples and blackberries from his wonderful backyard, smoking salmon, and sitting on his back porch relaxing while taking in the beautiful view of the foothills. However, Jim enjoyed most, the many visits with all of his daughters and grandsons.
Jim was preceded in death by parents, Margaret Benetta Meyer and George Carlton Wilson, brother, George Paul Wilson, and his best friend and true love, Shirley Varian of 15 years. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Shawna Johnson (Justin), of Orangevale, California, Sommer Bannan, of Castle Rock, Colorado, and Tiffany Wilson, of Carmichael, California, 4 grandsons, Joshua, Jacob, Austin, and Kash, and his 3 stepdaughters, Alexandria Barnard (Bob), Vicky Varian (Jodi), and Sandy Minor.
A memorial service will be held at the VFW Hall in Folsom, California at 1300 Veterans Way, Folsom, California 95630 on November 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Published on Sacbee.com from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2014