James George Scothorn

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James George Scothorn May 21, 1948 to December 17, 2012 On Monday evening, December 17th, James passed away quietly at home. He had been dealing with health issues for a long time. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, Lucile and Dewitt Scothorn. He is survived by his two children, Tessa and Will Scothorn, his former wife Mariane Gilbert, all in Eureka, CA, and his sister Julie Scothorn, in Detroit Lakes, Minn. James was born in Cherokee Iowa and moved to Humboldt County in 1970 to study marine biology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. After getting a bachelor's degree in biology, he went on to get a master's degree in psychology. During these times he pursued his love for motorcycle riding and playing his guitar and made many life-long friends. After graduating, James took a solo motorcycle trip across southern Canada and northern US. When he returned, he went to St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, where he trained to become a respiratory therapist. He practiced in San Francisco for three years before moving back to Eureka, where he practiced at St. Joseph Hospital. After several years of working as a respiratory therapist, James decided on a career change and lectured in psychology classes at College of the Redwoods for a few years. Because of his love for backpacking, kayaking, cross-country skiing and mountain climbing, James became one of the founding owners of Adventure's Edge in Arcata, CA and later Kokotat. His interest in home computers started at this time, long before most people even knew what they were. James also started a lifelong passion with photography. He went back to college to get a teaching credential and after two years of teaching sixth grade classes at Freshwater Elementary School, he traveled for several months through Southeast Asia. James decided to follow his interest in computer graphics and photography and worked as Marketing Communication Manager for Yakima Products, in Arcata. It was at this time that he married his longtime friend, Mariane Gilbert, a nurse practitioner, and they had two children. After doing catalogue design via computer for a company in the San Francisco bay area, he decided to follow the siren call of technology in Silicon Valley. They moved to Half Moon Bay, California, contributing his talents to companies like Incyte Genomics, Applied BioSystems, and Kelty. After several years of working there, they moved back to Eureka. Upon his return, James worked at the North Coast Co-op, doing their advertising and educational graphics. Due to ailing health, James retired early, but continued to develop his interests in photography, playing his guitar, and writing. His favorite music group, by far, was the Grateful Dead. He volunteered his time, along with his children, to distribute food to the needy. He served on the Freshwater School Board of Directors for seven years. James wrote two food articles for the North Coast Journal. He took a long car trip across the US and visited some of the same places he had visited on his motorcycle trip many years earlier. He did some dramatic landscape photography while on that trip. James has forever enriched the lives of his family and many friends and we will miss him. A memorial service and party to celebrate his life will be announced soon. Thank you all for being his friend and helping him through life. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Dec. 25 to Dec. 30, 2012
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