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Always known as 'Jim', passed away on January 31, 2014 in Carmichael, CA. He died peacefully of complications related to dementia. Jim lived 90 years sharing his loving happy outlook with the world. The kindest person we ever knew who never lost his sense of humor and who is missed by everyone who knew him. Born in Fresno, California, Jim was raised and went to school in Berkeley. He played varsity tennis at Berkeley High and the University of California where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi, Winged Helmet, and Big C Societies. During World War II he graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy and served as an officer with the US Navy in the Pacific Theater. He married his high school sweetheart Emily Andrews in 1946. Jim was in the farm equipment and construction industries in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys. He then pursued his passion as a tennis professional at Del Norte Tennis Club for 14 years. His lifelong love of nature was spent exploring his beloved Lassen National Forest from his family cabin at Silver Lake. He loved fishing and hiking all his life. He volunteered on trail work to help protect this environment. He lived and adored the wildlife around his home by the American River for 40 years. In his retirement he loved going to the Grand Slam tennis matches and eco-adventure trips to Alaska, Africa, and the Galapagos to name a few. He was predeceased by a son, James Andrew Moulton. He is survived by Emily, after a marriage of 67 years, a son, Robert Kirby Moulton (Sandy) of South Lake Tahoe, a daughter Carrie Miller (Ken) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a sister Sis Curtis of Orinda. Jim leaves 4 grandsons: Emmit Moulton Hancock (Jodie) of Castro Valley, Colin Moulton (Jen) of San Diego, Kirby Hancock of Bozeman Montana, Garrett Moulton of South Lake Tahoe, and 4 great grandchildren: Emma, Zander, Ea and Sylvie. Special thanks go to Linda and Alice for Jims years at the wonderful program of Memory Day Care at The Chateau at Carmichael Park. Deep appreciation also to Nora Berci and her staff for Jim's extraordinary care at Noras Home Care. A private celebration of Jim's life was held. Memorial donations may be made to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, PO Box 579, Carmichael, CA 95609.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 8, 2014
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