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James Goble Gatewood Jr. Obituary
James Goble Gatewood Jr.
64, of Rancho Cucamonga passed at home on Monday, March 10. He was born in Cincinnati Ohio and lived in the Ontario-Cucamonga area most of his life. After graduating from Chaffey High he joined the Navy and served in Vietnam. He was a butcher by trade and retired after thirty years service.
In his earlier years Jim enjoyed scuba diving where he discovered and photographed nudibranchs. He traveled around the world and dove in the waters of the Red Sea, the Sea of Cortez, the Hawaiian and Fuji islands and many other places. Jim also loved all kinds of music but the blues struck a cord in his heart and stuck with him. He met many musicians and loved to go to blues festivals with his friends. Also, Santa Anita and Del Mar were always a good time for him where he could handicap his ponies and have a good time at the racetrack. And for the Superbowl and March Madness let's not forget about Las Vegas, it was one of his regular jaunts with all his friends. At home is where Jim enjoyed the most. He was a natural cook and could "McIver" a gourmet meal out of anything. He loved his video games even when he was getting his butt killed and cussing up a storm about it. His backyard though was his favorite spot to relax and watch a game on the t.v.. He also had a green thumb and loved his plants. Jim had a soft spot in his heart for all animals as well, even if it was just a bug. If there was a spider in the house he would take him outside and set him gently upon the ground. Because to Jim everything had a place, big or small. Jim was quite the conversationalist too, and religion and politics were always on the table for discussion. His knowledge and understanding of world affairs was a determination for him to make a difference. He wanted to be heard and for people to not just think in black and white but to stand up for the injustices and fight for the underdog.
But mostly he will be remembered for his quick wit, his infectious laughter that could fill a room and make everyone laugh too, and a smile that was as genuine as he was. Laughter he said, is what makes everyday special. So have a cold beer and have a good laugh and live like there's no tomorrow.
If you had the honor of knowing Jim you will never forget him. He is survived by everyone he has touched. Shine on you crazy diamond!
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Mar. 14, 2014
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