June 29, 1945 - Oct. 10, 2013
James Howard McKasson passed away on Oct. 10, with family present. Jim was born on June 29, 1945 in Chico, CA to Loren James McKasson and Ella Mae Shaw. He grew up and attended school in Vallejo, but spent his summers working on his grandfather's ranch in Chico. Jim met and married the love of his life, Dianne on June 24, 1972. Jim served in the Air Force where he was an air craft mechanic working on F-4 Phantoms and is a Vietnam Veteran. Jim was a member of Table Mountain Masonic Lodge # 124 F&AM, Past Master of Naval Masonic Lodge #87 F&AM where he received the Hiram Award. Past Commander of Naval Commandry, Assistant Director of Ritual and Grand Sentinel. He received the Meritorious Service Award from the Grand Commandry of California. Past Patron of Gateway Chapter #3 OES and Paradise Chapter #549 OES. DeMolAY, Past Associate Bethel Guirdian of the International Order of Job's Daughter. Ben Ali Shrine. Jim played the Bag Pipes with the Ben Ali Pipes and Drums and with Calanish Pipe Band. he took patients to the Shrines Children's Hospital. Jim was a British car Mechanic for over 35 years specializing in Jaguars and belonged to the Model "A" Ford Club of America and The Dodge Club. Past President of the Butte County Scottish Society and Clan Piper. He also enjoyed being with family, all of whom he was very proud of, playing the Bag pipes, which he would teach anyone who wanted to learn how to play the pipes, traveling, fishing, gardening and playing "Santa". Jim is a member of Craig Memorial Congregational Church. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dianne; two daughters, Michelle (Ed) Reano, Jamie (Wayne) Scoles and four grandchildren, Kristyn, Jimmy, Ashley and Tyler. Celebration of life services will be held on Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge, 5934 Clark Rd., in Paradise, CA and on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., at the Masonic Lodge, 101 Temple Way, Vallejo. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Nov. 2, 2013