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James O’Conner

Private family services for James Foster O’Conner of Grass Valley will be conducted at the family homestead in northeastern Wyoming, where he spent his childhood.

Mr. O’Conner died Thursday, April 14, in Grass Valley. He was 78.

He was born Jan. 18, 1927, in Belle Fourche, S.D. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve post-war. He graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1945, and after the war he attended Long Beach City College, the University of Wyoming and he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University. He excelled in varsity basketball at all three colleges. He was a senior supervising engineer at Douglas Aircraft Company and at Ameron Corporation in Southern California. He had been a resident of Grass Valley for 18 years. He served as board chairman for the Watt Park Fire District in the early ’90s.



He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joyce Marshall O’Conner of Grass Valley; sons Michael O’Conner of Grass Valley, and Mark O’Conner of San Jose.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 11704 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 225, Los Angeles 90025.




Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.


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