ESCONDIDO, Calif. — James "Jim" W. King, Jr., father, grandfather, brother and friend, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 19, 2013. Jim leaves behind his loving wife of 41 years, Pauline, son William and daughter Debra, step children Larry and Cheryl, sister Phyllis Clairmont of Gilford, N.H. Jim was preceded in death by his son John and two grandsons, Jesse and James. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Born on January 25, 1925 in Concord, N.H. to parents James W. King., Sr. and Ethel M. Cate King Smith, Jim went to the Eastman Elementary School in East Concord and attended Concord High School. He married Virginia, his first wife and mother of his children in June, 1947. Jim and Virginia lived in East Concord for a few years, during which time Jim worked for H. R. Humphreys Refrigeration Co. Having an interest in boating, he spent some of his summer days in Winnisquam with his mother and two siblings, Phyllis and Skip, all the while having fun with the small row boat, a canoe, a small seven-foot boat we called the "pumpkinseed" and a kayak.
Jim served honorably during World War II. On D-Day Jim landed on Utah Beach, Normandy. Jim married Pauline H. Bird in Dec. 1972. He worked for Lockheed Aircraft during his years in California. Jim and Pauline moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. in 1989 to enjoy a long and fulfilling retirement. He performed volunteer work as a sergeant on the Mojave County, Ariz. Sheriff's Search and Rescue program for many years. His favorite pastime was fishing. He loved rock hounding. He also loved building model boats, namely unlimited hydroplanes and racing them at London Bridge Model Boat Club events. Willie presented Jim with a Quilt of Valor for his service to his country during World War II. In October, 2012, Jim and Pauline moved to Escondido, Calif., where he remained until his death.
He will be interned Nov. 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Miramar National Cemetary in San Diego, Calif. The family wishes to express their thanks to everyone for their support and kind words.