James William "Jim" Trotter
1925 - 2008
James "Jim" William Trotter passed away peacefully on Sept. 1, 2008, with his wife by his side. He was 82.
Jim was born Oct. 17, 1925 to J.W. and Helen (DeVault) Trotter at Lincoln Hospital in East Los Angeles. He attended Theodore Roosevelt High School, and upon graduation went into the Navy as a Motor Machinist's Mate Third Class on a floating dry dock in the Philippines. He and Pat, his high school sweetheart, married on Nov. 3, 1944. He was honorably discharged from service on Jan. 26, 1945, and returned to Los Angeles to start a family and work at Trotter Manufacturing, a woodworking business started by his father.
At the urging of his childhood friend Les Barlow, on Nov. 1, 1956, Jim joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department. During his service with the LAFD, he was instrumental in the formation and growth of Los Bomberos, a fire education and prevention program designed to serve the Spanish-speaking communities. Jim worked his way up to become Fire Captain and finally retired as Task Force Commander on Dec. 24, 1976.
The Trotters moved from Whittier to Red Bluff in 1979. He immediately joined the Bend Volunteer Fire Department, but was quickly recruited by then Tehama County Coroner Don Cole to serve as Deputy Coroner. He filled this position for eight years, alongside Don, who quickly became a lasting friend, along with his wife Jan.
Jim and Pat built a beautiful home by hand in the Bend area north of Red Bluff on the Sacramento River. There they spent more than 20 years living and laughing; offering shelter to both family and friends; boating, gardening, singing and playing the ukulele, and telling stories.
His woodworking and problem-solving skills kept him involved in many projects and activities. He was chosen, along with his wife, as Volunteer of the Year, which reflected the many programs, institutions and lives for which he served, such as STARS, the Discovery Center at the Diversion Dam, the riding academy for the disabled, AWANA and Good News Clubs, and so forth. He remained active throughout his life in such pursuits until very recently when his health prevented him from being so involved.
He felt truly blessed in life. Among the things God provided him were a loving family and wonderful life-long friends, such as Al and Lisa Vega; Otto and Jan Herman; Don and Norma Hartley; Dolly (Barlow) Williams; Cal and Harriet Margulies; Armen and Georgia Abrahamian; Sam and Rose Ortega. The Lord also blessed Jim with a love for boating, and he and Pat spent many hours on many bodies of water; oceans, rivers and canals provided their lives with wonder and beauty.
Jim is survived by Patricia "Pat" Trotter, wife of over 60 years; daughters Laura Dawn Dougherty and Eileen Eve Wright; son-in-law Mike Dougherty; siblings Eugene Trotter and Genevieve Pulice; brother-in-law John Pulice; niece Shannon O. Massey; grandchildren Heather Dawn Dougherty, James Joe Aragon, Jesse Wade Dougherty, Anna Marie Aragon and Karen Jennifer Davis-Aragon; great-grandchildren Dominic Aragon, Kinley Aragon and Hope Padden-Dougherty; great niece and nephew Summer and Joshua Fishman.
A memorial service celebrating Jim's life will be held at 11:30 on Saturday, Sept. 13 at North Valley Baptist Church, 345 David Ave. in Red Bluff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Jim's name to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1425 Vista Way, Red Bluff.
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Published by Daily News from Sep. 7 to Sep. 11, 2008.
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Eileen and family, Sorry to hear about
your dad. My prayers are with you and your family.
Lynn Senter
Lynn Senter
September 19, 2008
Dear Patricia and family,
Your all so special, and I am so sorry for your your loss. Mine too as I feel Jim was a good friend to me, as are you Pat. I love you. Rae
Rae Eaton
September 12, 2008
Eileen and Pat,
Our prayers are with you and your family. We are glad to have met Jim during AWANA. God Bless your Family, Ralph & Holly Dodero
Holly Dodero
September 10, 2008
You will be missed Poppa, but not forgotten or entirely absent. Your love and the lessons you taught us will survive. Our family was, and is still, blessed!
Heather Dawn Dougherty
September 10, 2008
I am sorry to hear for the loss. I know that Jim is having a great time with GOD and is suffering no pain. I love you both. May God bless you and your family in this time of loss.
Sandra Parker
September 10, 2008
Pat and Eileen: You know how we felt about Jim, and about the two of you as well. He will be missed for his sassy humor and artistic talents as well as his generosity toward Marvin and I. We want to offer our support as you need it. God Bless you mightily! You are in our prayers.
Marvin and Anne Whiteman
September 9, 2008
To Pat,
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of need. Knowing that he is spending eternal life with the Lord, is a special blessing.
September 8, 2008
Eileen and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. i always enjoyed helping jim with his many projects over the years, he always had a smile on his face, and always left one on mine.
kevin moose
September 8, 2008
Eileen & Family,
My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Anna Rose
September 8, 2008
Dear Pat and Eileen,
We appreciated knowing Jim and your family through the AWANA program at North Valley Baptist, when our children were all there and we were Leaders. Our prayers are with you.
Pat & D'Lorah Hurton
September 8, 2008
Eileen and Family,
I am sorry for your loss. May God help you heal and Guide you through your times of Sorrow.
Christine Fernandez
September 8, 2008
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