October 3, 2013
James Edward Chargin, M.D., died on Oct. 2 from complications after he fell in his home. He was 81.
A Rosary will be prayed on his behalf at 6 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 6, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, also at St Patrick’s.
Jim Chargin was born in San Jose, Calif., in 1932, the second of seven children to Joseph A. Chargin, Jr., and Ellen X. Laundrie Chargin. After completing his studies at Bellarmine Preparatory and Santa Clara University, he married Patricia Murphy, his longtime sweetheart, in 1955. They moved to Chicago, where he graduated from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in 1957. Dr. Chargin moved with his family to Grass Valley in 1963, and they became members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish.
Dr. Chargin was in private practice in Grass Valley until 2003. He was chief of staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for multiple terms. He continued assisting in surgery, especially orthopaedic surgery, until 2008.
Dr. Chargin was an avid builder, machinist and do-it-yourselfer. He relished the challenge of fixing broken things of all kinds, rather than replacing them. He loved fishing and introduced all of his children and many of his grandchildren to the joys of camping in the Sierras.
Dr. Chargin will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues in California and beyond. Dr Chargin is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat; his children and their families — Jim, Sherry and Brenna of Nevada City, Katherine of Sebastopol, Peter, Jennifer, William and Emily of Portola Valley, and David, Susan, Patrick and Maria of Tucson, Ariz.