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James McAdams

A private gathering for James A. “Jim” McAdams of Chico will be conducted. Inurnment will be next to his wife at the Stockton Rural Cemetery in Stockton.

Mr. McAdams died Tuesday, March 12, in Chico. He was 97.

He was born July 16, 1904, in Capitan, N.M., to Adolph and Mary McAdams. Mr. McAdams received his bachelor of science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in mechanical engineering in the early 1930s. He married Marian Kelley on July 16, 1932, in Berkeley.

Mr. McAdams worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, and worked for more than 34 years as a research engineer with Chevron Research Corp. in Richmond. He lived in Walnut Creek from 1940 to 1965, during which time he also served on the Planning Commission and the City Council.

He moved to Nevada City after retiring in 1965, and served as director and president of the Nevada Irrigation District board of directors. Mr. McAdams was a member and past president of Nevada County LAFCO, and a commissioner of the Gold Flat Fire District. He moved from Nevada City to Chico in 1998.

He was an avid fisherman, hunter and enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the Del Rey Fraternity, Society of Automotive Engineers, and was a registered professional engineer in California.

He is survived by his sons Clyde McAdams of Fremont and Tom McAdams of Chico; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1998; and daughter, Joan, in 1984.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Butte Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 3171, Chico 95927.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch.

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