James H. Amberg

Obituary
  • "I wish the world had more men like Jim Amberg...."
    - Pat Siemer
  • "I was friends with his mom, when she lived in DaisyHill..."

James Howard Amberg died peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones and family, after a two year battle with colon cancer. Jim was born April 7, 1952, to Lyle Howard and Ruth Amelia Amberg and two adoring older brothers. His father's service in the U.S. Air Force led to a childhood spent in Chateauroux France, Las Vegas, and San Bernardino. He graduated from Pacific High School in 1970 where he was an outstanding point guard and drummer. He graduated with a BS in Business Administration from CSU Long Beach in 1975. At Long Beach State Jim met Teresa Marie Rivera, whom he married in 1975. The couple moved to Los Osos in 1982 to raise their children and to build the house that James designed, in which the family lives to this day. He was employed as an accountant for various agencies for the state of California, principally for Cal Trans. He spent his evenings and weekends volunteering as a beloved youth soccer and little league coach. Jim engendered in his family a love of nature and history and lifelong curiosity. He took the children hiking throughout the state of California, and taught them to identify butterflies. Summers meant roadtrips to national parks, historic sites, or the best roadside blackberry shake stand in Washington. Kauai was his special vacation spot with the family, and the afternoons spent snorkeling and watching turtles and spending evenings grilling on the lanai and playing Uno made all the brown bag lunches worthwhile. Retirement gave Jim the opportunity to pursue woodworking, and his works were displayed and sold in SLO County galleries and private homes. He continued to tend to his backyard boysenberries and olallieberries and perfect his recipe for Jimmy Jam with four generations of family taking turns with the wooden spoon. After his diagnosis, he was lovingly and ably cared for at home over the course of his illness by his devoted wife, Teresa, and with the support of his children and their families. Dr Daniel Lewis and his staff provided superb care both physically and emotionally. Jim was preceded in death by his father, Lyle; and older brother, Paul. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Teresa; mother, Ruth; brother, Charles and his family; daughter, Kristin and her husband; son, Scott and his wife and two children; nieces and nephews; and a generation of Los Osos children who loved him as Pops or Coach Jim. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in the garden of the family home. His ashes will be released by the family in the places he loved best. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Kauai Habitat for Humanity at: www.kauaihabitat.org
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on July 12, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Los Osos Valley Mortuary
2260 Los Osos Valley Road | Los Osos, CA 93402 | (805) 528-1500
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