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James Fulton Mitchell


1930 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
James Fulton Mitchell Obituary
June 30, 1930 - December 12, 2016 James Fulton Mitchell passed away peacefully at Saint John's hospital due to complications from pneumonia surrounded by his family. Jim was born in South Bend, Indiana and grew up in Beverly Hills, California. His high school years were spent at Harvard Boys School where he developed an appreciation for the structured curriculum and discovered his natural abilities in track and field, football and basketball in which he was a valuable member of the Harvard teams. He was particularly proud of his long jump record that stood the test of time. His passion for and prowess in track & field led him to Fresno State where he attended for two years and participated on the Varsity Track and Field team as a decathlete. He was then drafted by the US Army and served proudly in support of the Korean Conflict. After his tour of duty ended he returned to college at the University of Arizona and studied civil engineering. That set the course for his career as a civil engineer and led him on a path from San Diego, to Blythe to Pacific Palisades where he raised his family. Throughout his life Jim loved to compete; ping-pong in the garage, neighborhood football games in the street or tennis with friends at the Riviera Tennis Club, you could count on nothing short of 110% effort. Driven by the motto, "never let the dust settle on your shoes", Jim pursued his passions with focus and high energy. After his three children left the house for college he became an avid model builder, meticulously constructing radio controlled planes, boats and even an early American stagecoach. Jim is survived by his children Steve (Karen), Rob (Maggie), Anne (Paul) and grandchildren Madison, Carter and Sam, sister Ellen and half-brother Gene. A man with strong opinions, unwavering integrity and a big heart, he was deeply loved by his family and many friends and will be sorely missed but fondly remembered. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Palisades-Malibu YMCA at 821 Vía De La Paz, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 or online at http://www.ymcala.org/palisades-malibu The funeral service will be private with a Celebration of Life to be announced.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 18, 2016
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