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Jim Colling


1940 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Jim Colling Obituary
Jim Colling was born in Jamestown, CA on Oct. 26, 1940 and passed away surrounded by his family on Nov. 11, 2017. He is now in the arms of the Heavenly Father. Jim was an adventurous man who embarked on many business adventures in Fort Bragg, Philo and Ukiah. Jim was most proud of his lifelong art career and being ambassador for pickleball. He was president of the Ukiah Valley Art Coop. He spent many years travelling with his wife Dorothy throughout the US and Europe. Throughout his life Jim enjoyed skin diving, coaching softball, bowling, playing pool, and horseshoes, serving as president of the Lions Club, goldmining in Oregon, building an "earth house" in Navarro, squaredancing, participating in the Senior Olympics and most recently began writing his memoirs. Jim is preceded in death by his parents Bud and Betty Colling and siblings Audrey, Adele, Lois and Bill. He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Dorothy, his children Aileen (Ken) Green, Tacoma, WA, Karen (Mike) Crutcher, Boonville, CA, and James Colling, Kansas. To cherish his memory are six grandchildren, Rashid, Nadia, Aaron, Erik, Julie and Randy. Two greatgrandchildren Trae and Alice, as well as many new and old friends scattered throughout the US. Jim will be remembered for his love of art, witty sense of humor, "can do" attitude, ever present funky hat and steadfast faith in the Lord. In his own words written in his final chapter of his book: "As I summarize a lifetime of activities, I marvel at all the adventures that have kept me busy, it cannot be said that anytime was wasted! The second half is filled with testimony regarding the many narrow escapes that can only be the work of Angels or a higher power. Lastly, my final gift has not arrived yet, it will be in the form of an easy exit from this life. I have already experienced 4 dress rehearsals due to blacking out completely and waking to find I am still here!" A celebration of life for Jim will be held in the spring.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Nov. 19, 2017
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