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James Donald Shoemaker

James Donald Shoemaker passed on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Torrance Memorial Hospital at the age of 68.

He is survived by his father Calvin, wife Paula, son Brian, daughter Jean, his three brothers David (Robin), Denis (Nancy), and Stephen (Julie), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Marcelle.

Jim was born on November 21, 1948 in Los Angeles, California to Calvin D. Shoemaker and Marcelle Shoemaker. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, and following graduation entered pilot training in the US Air Force. Jim flew numerous military aircraft, ultimately becoming Chief Pilot and Lieutenant Colonel in the California Air National Guard. He also retired as an airline pilot with Continental Airlines. Jim had a long and successful career in spacecraft engineering and business development at Hughes Aircraft, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and most recently at Raytheon in El Segundo.

Jim was blessed with a truly adventurous spirit, was a natural leader, and was devoted to his family. His wife and children were foremost to him, and one of his proudest achievements was watching Brian and Jean graduate from college. Jim was incredibly generous, and was always the first to offer assistance in times of need, and welcomed family and friends to his and Paula's home in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Jim had a passion for flying his entire life. In the Guard and at the airline, he flew throughout the world. Many family members fondly recall marvelous adventures flying with Jim across the country in his own airplane. We will always remember Jim as a great son, spouse, father, brother, and uncle. Thank you Jim for all the wonderful times with you, and for all you did for us. Godspeed Jim.

A viewing will occur between 4 pm and 8 pm on Tuesday, July 25 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. The funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 26 at St. John Fisher Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Flowers and condolences may be offered at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Please go to Rice Mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services. Check back to view the online Video Tribute.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 23, 2017
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