James "Mac" McCrea

McCrea, James "Mac" AGUANGA-- James "Mac" McCrea passed peacefully on November 11, 2012, surrounded by his family, at the age of 89. He was born in Troy, New York to William and Mary McCrea and was one of five children. After serving in the Marine Corps during WWII in the Pacific, he moved from New York with his wife and three children to Southern California. He worked in the route sales area of the food industry, as well as a prop maker for the studios, and was a maintenance mechanic for the VA. After retiring, he took to the road in his RV, traveling about the country. He settled down in Aguanga, Calif., and became one of the founders of the Jojoba Hills Escapee RV Park, where he volunteered, along with many others, operating a backhoe, as the park was being constructed in the early 90's. He has enjoyed his life there immensely for over 20 years, with his close community, developing many long and wonderful friendships. His gift of "fixing" and figuring out "how to fix" just about anything, made his workshop shed a busy place for his friends to gather. He was such a generous and kind person, truly believing it was better to give than to receive. He is survived by his three children: son, James (wife Judy), daughter, Janice, and daughter, Judy (husband Stephen); along with many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, William and Francis. He will be missed by those he left behind, but never forgotten. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, December 1st, at Jojoba Hills RV Resort, Aguanga. Sign the Guest Book online obits.nctimes.com

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 18, 2012