Papa Jim is remembered as Jim or ‘Papa Jim’ to his family and friends. He is remembered as a beloved brother, husband, father, step father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and remembered as a dear friend by many.
Jim was the oldest of 5 brothers born to James Weldon Hall, Sr. and Willie Jo Hall. Jim is survived by his four younger brothers, Phil, Don, Richard and Andy. Jim was married to his first wife, Carol for 35 years and they had three children, Cathy, Connie and Jeff. Before Carol passed away, they were also blessed with 5 granddaughters. There has since been a grandson and now 4 great grandchildren, 3 girls and one boy.
Jim then met Janet and her children, Becky and Barret. Jim and Janet have been together for 23 years and “The Ranch”, the home Jim and Janet built together, has been the gathering place for parties to celebrate birthdays, new babies, holidays or just for a party to bring friends and family together.
As a young man, Jim served in the Marine Corps for six months active duty, followed by 6 years of reserve service and was honorably discharged in March 1964 at the rank of Lance Corporal. As a young father of three, he returned to college at the University of Arizona earning a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1969. He started work as an engineer at the San Diego Gas and Electric Co. the same year and retired in 1994 after 26 years. He earned his professional engineers license in 1975.
Papa Jim loved a good party and was most often the host. He loved the desert, dune buggy trips and motorhome travel almost anywhere with family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor, loved a good joke. We will all remember him as he was so often seen in pictures, wearing a funny face, goofy teeth or a funny hat.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation https://www.pcf.org/donate/