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He moved to the Bay Area in 1962 and worked as a machinist until 1969. He met the love of his life, Debbie, in Davis in 1966. They married in 1967 and their son, Sean, was born the following year. After two years in the Bay Area, they moved to Davis when he went to work for PG&E in 1969 at the Davis Service Center as a machinist. He retired from PG&E as a foreman with an emphasis on safety in 2007.
He served his country in the US Naval Air Reserves as a flight engineer with Charestra Alpha Crew on the Gray Goose out of Alameda from 1964 to 1970.
All his adult life, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, water and snow skiing, and diving throughout northern California and trips to Tahoe with family and friends. He was a member of Grass Valley Rifle, Rod, and Gun club for 32 years. He loved hunting and fishing trips to the lodge in the Sierra with his son, family and close friend Randy.
He loved garage sales and was very lucky with what he found. Our neighborhood was safer because of him. One of the many accomplishments he was proud of was helping his son plan and build a cottage on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2012.
Family members who went home before him were his mother Marie Bowline; father Henry Gindt; brothers Bill and Paul; and sister Joanne Butterfield. Jim is survived by his loving wife Debbie of Davis; loving son Sean of Yosemite; brother-in-law Burt Butler (Dorothy) of Woodland; sister-in-law Brenda Russell of San Antonio, Texas; nieces Debbie Conrad (Mark) of Richmond and Stephanie Kershner (Dennis) of San Antonio; and nephew Tony Vann (Courtney) of Fair Oaks. He also leaves behind many other nieces and nephews throughout California, Texas, Mississippi and Oklahoma; and last, but not least, his precious buddy, "Buttercup." He was blessed to have many friends throughout his life a�" Randy, Sam, Steve, Mike, John, Bob, Lonnie, and many others too numerous to mention.
A special thanks to Yolo County Hospice a�" you are truly angels.
A celebration of his life is planned for a later date.
Debbie and Sean deepest sorrow for your loss. Jim is an amazing man and its been great to know him over the many years. A family man, hard worker and great friend. His smile reflected his sole. Lots of fun to share fishing or hunting times with too. He and Randy taught quickly they had serious talent fishing for the largest trout in the smallist streams on a Hot day! Funny and serious fisherman they are! He will not stop catching the big ones ever! Jim is a truly Great Gentleman. ;-)
Steve Black Jan 18 2015 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathy to the family, Jim was a long time friend who worked with my husband in 1967 they became close friends and we shared many family times with our children. Jim was a good man and I talked to him not long ago he was so kind worried about my husband who had prostate cancer I knew he was going though such a difficult time but remained positive. I will always have him close to my heart and hope to see Debbie and Sean soon our hearts and prayers go out to you both. Love you so much Patricia and Steve Strom
Patricia Strom Jan 18 2015 12:00 AM
Debbie and Sean, we are so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that God will hold you in His tender care, provide you all peace and comfort in the assurance that Jim is safe with Him, and that because of Jesus, you can rely on the precious promise of everlasting life. God bless you at this most difficult time.
Shirley and Dale Miller Jan 17 2015 12:00 AM