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David L James


1929 - 2010
David  L  James Obituary
David L James, long time Lake County resident, died at home Saturday, February 13. David was born February 5, 1929 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. A graduate of the Ohio State University, with a degree in accounting, David became a CPA and had a thirty-one year career with Arthur Young & Co. (Now Ernst and Young). Starting in Cleveland, OH his career took him to Caracas, Venezuela for three years and then to the Los Angeles office in 1959. In 1961 he opened a new office in Santa Ana. In 1969 he returned to Los Angeles as the managing partner. In the early '70's David became the Western Regional Partner. He accepted a special assignment to the New York office in 1980 and then retired in 1982 at the age of fifty-three.
David and his wife, Loraine, moved to Lake County from Pasadena in 1978 when they purchased Pomo Ranch in Clearlake Oaks and planted one of Lake County's earliest vineyards. David served on the Board of First Counties Bank and for many years was Chairman of the Board of the Clearlake Memorial Health foundation. He enjoyed the Judge's Breakfast Club and the Lakeport Coffee Group.
Politics were important to David. He was active in both local and state Republican parties. David was chairman of the Lincoln Club in Orange Co. and served as chairman of the Orange Co. Republican Central Committee. Later he became the Finance Chairman for Ronald Reagan during the campaign for his second term. He was an active member of the Lake Elephants and participated in many local campaigns.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Loraine, daughter Kathy Black, Huntington Beach, granddaughters Kelly Curtis (Shawn), Long Beach and Tracy Black, Costa Mesa, sister Lorey Roggenkamp, Worthington, OH, sister-in-law, M. Evelyn Runyan, Eaton, OH and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Little Theater, Lakeport Fairgrounds, Friday, February 26, from 1-3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hospice Services of Lake County, 1717 S. Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453 or Northshore Fire Protection District, c/o Station 75, attn: Volunteer Assoc., 12655 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423 or The Salvation Army, Lake County Service Unit, P.O. Box 348000, Sacramento, CA 95834-8000.
Arrangements entrusted to Jones Mortuary. Please share your memories by signing the guest book at www.record-bee.com.
Published in Lake County Record-Bee from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26, 2010
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