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James W. Anderson


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James W. Anderson Obituary
November 15, 1926 - January 1, 2018 Passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family at age 91 on January 1, 2018 in Lincoln, CA. Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, to James Whalen Anderson and Wilma Flatley Anderson, he married Janelyn Goril in 1953. In 1957, they settled down in Los Angeles (Westchester) where they lived until they relocated to Lincoln, California, in 2004 to be closer to their immediate family. Jim was a very proud graduate of the University of California at Davis. As a collegiate athlete, he was a dual letterman all four years in both football and baseball, and was subsequently inducted into the UC Davis Athletic Hall of Fame. He spent his professional life in the dairy and citrus industries, including time in Okinawa and Guam where he helped modernize dairy facilities in the 1950s. While he loved being a pilot, his true passion was golf. Besides hitting a hole-in-one at the age of 83, he carried a set of clubs in the trunk of his car until his passing. As a Rotarian for decades, he will be most remembered for his benevolence having regularly contributed to over fifty separate charities, as well as for the strong influence he had on his family with every one of his children and grandchildren going on to college. Jim was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Roberta Anderson. Jim is survived by his wife Janelyn, his sister Marie Griffith, his five children and their spouses, eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Jacqueline Chinn (Daryl: Gregory Chinn, Meredith Farrar, Melissa Scott); Jayne Mehan (Clark: Scott Mehan, Jacqueline Rasmussen, Jessica Scholz); Joyce Paese (Robert: Kimberly Paese, Kristin Webster, Kelly Paese); James S. Anderson (David Wittkowsky); and Jennifer Eason (Matthew: Bridget Eason, James Eason). Memorials to UC Davis Athletics and Refugee Utility Project.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2018
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