James L. Langley(1937 - 2013)


James L. Langley

Jim Langley's saintly soul left us on July 20, 2013, the eve of his 76th birthday as his family gathered to celebrate his wonderful life and valiant efforts to contend with the health challenges he had encountered over the past 25 years.

Jim was born in Denver, CO on July 21, 1937 and lived there until the spring of 1942, when his father, E.B. Langley, joined the Mission Packing Company, a family owned business, and Jim and his family moved to Salinas.

Jim attended Lincoln School, Washington Jr. High, and after graduation from Salinas High School in 1955, he accepted a basketball scholarship to U.C. Berkeley to play for Pete Newell who became a great mentor, role model, and friend.

In his senior year at Cal, he met the love of his life, Lou Vienop from Napa, who enjoyed cheering for the famous 1959 champion "Cinderella Team". After graduating from their treasured UC Berkeley in June of 1959, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following basic training at Camp Pendleton, Jim and Lou were married and settled in the Bay Area. Jim finished his reserve status and began work at International Paper. While there, his lifelong friend and fraternity brother, Denny Bertelsman, presented him with a golden opportunity to play on the PGA Tour.

After successfully competing and earning 1 of 15 available PGA Tour Qualifying School spots, the station wagon was packed with golf clubs, suitcases, books, toys and boys—two year-old Brad and one year-old Brett. And so began the 5-year sojourn to the most beautiful golf courses in the U.S.A.

In 1971, Jim was exceedingly fortunate to be chosen as the head golf professional at the Cypress Point Club and thus the door was opened to the "Sistine Chapel of Golf". He cherished every day and was ever grateful to the membership for their many gifts of kindness, generosity, and support.

With great compassion, Jim quietly volunteered his time to his community in many ways including youth programs and fundraisers. He particularly loved his time as docent at the Carmel Mission.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, E.B. and Peg Langley; his brother, Ellis; and his sisters, Kathryn Kaye and Margie Weems.

Jim leaves behind his beloved wife, Lou; sons, Brad (Gina), Brett, Brennon (Melissa), Bryan (Gwen); and eight grandchildren, Colin, Emily, Corey, Ashley, Megan, Riley, Ellis and Scarlett.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Hudgens, Dr. Centurion, Dr. Poggemeyer, Dr. Dauphine, Dr. Mendoza, Dr. Packer, the excellent medical staff at CHOMP, Westland House Hospice, and caregivers, Kay Minda, Essie and Jimmy. To our many friends and all who cared so deeply, comforted so well, and supported us so in many ways, our appreciation is everlasting.

Jim will live on in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., at the Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923.

Memorial donations may be sent to The Langley Scholarship Fund, NCPGA Foundation, 411 Davis Street, Ste. 103, Vacaville, CA 95688; Carmel Mission Foundation, 200 Clock Tower Place, Carmel, CA 93923; Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation "Patriots of Pebble", 909 N. Washington St., Ste. 400, Alexandria, VA 22314; or Meals on Wheels, 40 Clark Street, Salinas CA 93901.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com.


Funeral Home

Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-0311

Published in The Salinas Californian from July 27 to Aug. 10, 2013