James Clinton "Jim" Hudson
(Sept. 1, 1924 - Nov. 8, 2012)
Passed peacefully at home in Novato surrounded by his family. He valiantly fought cancer for two years.
Jim is survived by his loving and devoted wife Angela of eighteen years, his son Ted and daughter-in-law Debra, Angela's children Helen (Tim) Farmer, Zana (Rob) Howard, Bill Kontaxakis and seven of their children. Frances Hudson his beloved wife of thirty years predeceased him in 1983.
He was born in Tacoma, WA to Mildred Sinding Hudson, a single mother who tragically lost her husband in a tree-topping accident. He was raised primarily by his grandmother until four years old.
In 1929, Jim and his young mother embarked on a new journey and life in Santa Monica, CA. He reminisced often of the beautiful beaches and body surfing enjoyed as a young lad. The freedom bestowed garnered attention from more than one truant officer throughout those innocent years.
During high school, at the age of seventeen, Jim enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed near Tunis in North Africa and flew with the 320th Bomb Group as a bombardier/navigator on a B-26 Marauder.
The WWII experience led to many lifelong friendships and he attended numerous reunions later in life.
After returning from the war he landed his "dream job" at the S.F. Chronicle, starting as a copy boy eventually becoming a reporter. The need for change carried him to the University of California at Berkeley where he met his first wife Frances. He lamented leaving the Chronicle but commented he would never have met Fran if he had not made the change. Both were a source of inspiration throughout life.
Jim started his business Trend Draperies in San Rafael in 1955. It remains in the same location today and is operated by his son, Ted.
He stayed active in the business until he was eighty five years old.
He enjoyed flying and logged over two thousand hours in different small airplanes with flights to Alaska and the East Coast. Fishing was another hobby and many early morning trips were made from the dock behind his house in Bel Marin Keys to the salmon grounds outside the Golden Gate. Jim remarked often of being blessed with a wonderful life and family. All things big and small were important, from the beautiful flower gardens planted by his wife Angela, the numerous birds, cats, and dogs that fell into his care to the presidential election that he sadly missed this year. James would not have missed "The Ride" for "love nor money."
The family thanks Hospice for their spectacular care especially Jeanne, Tim, and Va. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name to Wildcare 76 Albert Park Lane, San Rafael, CA 94901 or Marin Humane Society 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949. A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 19th at 11A.M. at Adobe Creek Funeral Home 331 Lakeville St., Petaluma, CA 94952.
Condolences available at adobecreekfuneralhome.com Cheda & Lyons - Directors 415-883-8070.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2012