James E. Niles
1951 - 2018
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James E. Niles

Camarillo, CA

James E. Niles, 67, of Camarillo, died suddenly on July 10 from complications from cancer.

Mr. Niles was born on Feb. 5, 1951. He grew up in Nyeland Acres and as a teen moved with his family to Ventura. Jim lived within Ventura County most of his life except for a few years traveling for work. He was a graduate of Rio Mesa High School, where he excelled at his lifelong passion of tennis and education. He graduated from California Lutheran University with a Bachelor's and then a Master's degree in Education. He also served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica in the early 1970s.

James held various positions at Moorpark College, where he began his career in the mid-1970s as the Sports Information Officer. He was also the men's tennis coach for several years, including a fourth-place finish in the State Tournament. He competed for years in men's and co-ed doubles in the Ventura County club circuit.

James also worked locally for GTE, Moorpark College Foundation, Resume Expert Systems, University of Phoenix, Verizon, and for the past five years was a proud employee of Bay Alarm. His profession took him outside of Ventura County as well, including as an administrator in the Mendocino Community College District in Northern California and as a Dean at the University of Redlands.

Several years ago, taking advantage of his vast knowledge and memory of just about everything (as well as his ironic sense of humor), Mr. Niles had success on a number of game shows, including "Jeopardy," "Headline Chasers," "Bullseye," "Press Your Luck," and a few others.

Mr. Niles is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Olivia; son, Christopher; daughter, Elizabeth; stepson, Tony King (Linsey); grandson, Paxton; father, Lloyd; brother, Allen; sisters, Eileen and Kathy; and nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 2:30pm-4:30pm at Conejo Mountain Funeral Home: 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo, CA 93012 - (805) 482-1959. Condolences may be left at:


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Published in Ventura County Star on Jul. 19, 2018.
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July 31, 2018
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Jim, but grateful for his service to our nation with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica.

Our Condolences,
The National Peace Corps Association
July 25, 2018
I am so sad about just finding out (7/24) of Jim's passing. We were friends for 40-years, (Moorpark College days), Jim was full of life and had so much knowledge about so many topics. Jim is also responsible for the naming of my professional photography business back in the early 80s. When working for the Yellow Pages, he said, my name should start with an "A" to get the top listing. Jim also hired my photography services throughout our 40-year friendship -- or recommended me to others.

Jim was kind enough to review/edit my marketing materials and he was a great reference for me on my job applications.

Over the years, We laughed a lot and discussed so many things. I was so lucky to see him a few days (in May) before heading back to my home. Even though he had cancer, he still insisted that he wanted to pay for our breakfast at Bobbie's in Camarillo. He had such high hopes for his surgery in late May. Jim was the kind of friend you'd hope would live forever. I will miss my dear friend so much. God Bless Jim, his family and his many other friends!
Daniel Murphy
July 19, 2018
He was just the perfect friend. - Craig Reem
July 19, 2018
My sincere sympathy for your loss. May God be a source of comfort during this difficult time. Ps. 94:19 When anxieties overwhelmed me, You comforted and soothed me.
July 19, 2018
Jim was such a kind, patient and wonderful gentleman. I enjoyed working with him and know that he will be missed by many. God rest your soul Jim, and to his loved ones, may you be comforted by the years of togetherness and wonderful memories that you shared with him. Rest in Peace Jim, and know that you made a difference in the lives you touched.
LuAnn Georgia
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