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James Elliott Juge

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James Elliott Juge Obituary
December 12, 1937 - April 11, 2016 James Juge, a man large in stature and in his ability to love, laugh and provide a helping hand to anyone in need, died on April 11, 2016 in Roseville, CA, surrounded by loving family. He was 78. Known as 'Butch' to nearly all and affectionately 'Poppo' to his large extended family, Jim was the husband of 54 years to Blanche, the father of daughters Jeanine and Claudine and the one and only Poppo to grandchildren Caitlin, Cameron, Benjamin and Megan. Jim deeply loved his family. His daughters were his pride and joy. Both constantly leaned on the wisdom gained from Jim's hands-on approach to fatherhood and his way of offering up simple solutions to complex problems. His life was an example to always be kind, generous and humble, and to see the good in everyone. The youngest of seven siblings, James Elliott Juge was born in Baton Rouge, LA, on December 12, 1937 to Jules Amaury Juge and Rosalie Leon (DeCuir) Juge. He moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was a youngster. He attended Ascension Grammar School followed by Serra High School, where he was an All-League center on the football team. Jim married the love of his life, Blanche Kelly, on October 27, 1962. While serving in the Army Reserves from 1960-66, he worked in the family business, J & J General Contractors, and eventually joined his brothers as a partner in the business. The company built numerous schools and commercial buildings for the Los Angeles School Board and surrounding areas. Jim and J & J were highly respected for their professional knowledge and business integrity. Jim enjoyed breeding and racing quarter horses, spending time on his ranch in Riverside, CA, fixing his trucks and, perhaps to nobody's surprise, watching classic Western movies. To be closer to his daughters and grandchildren, living in Northern California, Jim and Blanche moved from Los Angeles to Lincoln in 1999. In his retirement years, Jim enjoyed traveling, watching his grandchildren's numerous activities, and connecting with family and friends. He also loved eating at his favorite restaurant, The Waffle Farm. Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, three sisters, Iris, Dorothy and Florence, and three brothers, Harold, Jules and John. He is survived by his wife Blanche, daughters Jeanine and Claudine, sons-in-law Graham and Daniel (respectively) and grandchildren Caitlin, Cameron, Benjamin and Megan. Jim's passing has left a huge hole in the hearts of many. However, the family finds comfort knowing Jim lived a full and rich life and was constantly surrounded by love and affection, with his two daughters constantly 'battling' to be his favorite, knowing full well he loved them both equally and with all his heart. He touched numerous people with his easygoing nature, deep and thoughtful wisdom and wry sense of humor. He has left a lasting legacy that will live on in those he has influenced, having made their lives richer for knowing a man of such simple yet lasting significance. The entire family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at The Tiffany House (Care Homes by RNs) who treated Jim with love, respect, and dignity throughout. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA on May 6, 2016 at 9:30 am. A Celebration of Life will be held at Oakmont Assisted Living in Roseville, CA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, www.apdaparkinson.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2016
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