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James Tucker

A celebration of life for James H. Tucker of Auburn will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Alta Sierra Country Club.

Mr. Tucker died Friday, Jan. 23, at home from lung cancer. He was 62.

He was born Nov. 22, 1941, in Lynbrook, Long Island, N.Y., to Al and Mae Tucker. He attended Freeport High School and earned a track scholarship to Georgetown University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1969, and then in the U.S. Air Force Reserves for more than 20 years until retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He worked as a pilot for United Airlines for 32 years, retiring in 2001 as a captain. He, along with his father and brother, owned and developed Forest Springs Mobilehome Community in Grass Valley. He was a member of the Grass Valley Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), Air Line Pilots Association and the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association. He enjoyed traveling, skiing, hiking and riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Trudi of Auburn; children Robb of Auburn, Cindy and Kevin Vasquez, Gregg and Mercy, and Meghan and Damian Burt all of Colorado; grandchildren Brekyn Vasquez and Taryn Tucker; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Al and Mae Tucker; and brother Jerry Tucker.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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