James Gordon Heisinger
March 5, 1928 ~ November 7, 2008
CARMEL – Jim passed away peacefully at home on Friday, November 7, 2008 at sunset, in the company of his family. He was 80. He was born in Sanger, California on March 5, 1928, the only child of Everett and Pauline Heisinger. Jim's family moved to Pacific Grove shortly after he was born and then to Carmel in 1936.
Jim had many fond memories growing up in the small town of Carmel, hunting and fishing with his father and friends in Carmel Valley and performing with local friends as well as professional actors like Dame Judith Anderson in the Del Monte Summer Theatre. His mother instilled in him, and generations of Carmel's children, a life long love of learning through her career as a schoolteacher and later as the children's librarian at Harrison Memorial Library.
Jim graduated from Carmel High School in 1945 after serving as President of the Student Body. He made life long friends playing football at Salinas Valley Junior College (now Hartnell) and Monterey Peninsula Junior College after its opening. He graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in history and art.
After graduation, Jim returned to Carmel, married Rosemary Walters and began his career as an architect. For nearly 60 years, his beautiful and practical residential and commercial designs have graced the Peninsula, bringing joy to many families. His own family benefited from a husband and father who was always available to them at home, just down the hall in his office.
Jim's service as a volunteer in his community continued throughout his life. He was a founding member of the Carmel Youth Center and Padre Parents, as well as a volunteer and Board Member for the Carmel Chapter of the American Red Cross. Jim also served as a volunteer for community events including the SCRAMP races at Laguna Seca, the Bing Crosby National ProAm, the Fiesta at Carmel Mission and Monterey's annual birthday party, the Merienda. He was a member of the Carmel Rotary Club for over 30 years and very proud of the honor the Club bestowed on him by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow.
Jim's loving wife of 55 years, Rosemary, passed away in November of 2006. He is survived by his son, James G. Heisinger, Jr. (Pamela) of Carmel, his daughter Vicki Ann Mason (Tom) of San Jose and his grandsons, Michael Heisinger and Alex Heisinger, both of Carmel.
A memorial service will be held at the Carmel Mission Basilica at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 21, 2008. A reception will follow at the family home. Memorial donations may be made to the Larry Farrell-Carmel Rotary Club Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation, the Carmel Public Library Foundation or charity of the donor's choice.
Published in Monterey Herald on Nov. 16, 2008.