Lives Lived: Jim Estabrook |

Lives Lived: Jim Estabrook

James “Jim” Hawley Estabrook died Feb. 13 at home in Grass Valley. He was 71. He challenged colon cancer with the same energy he lived his life and decided he could pass over after completing the book he was writing to the point it can be edited.

His memorial will be held after the snow melts in the high country of the Sierra Nevada that he loved.

Mr. Estabrook was born March 25, 1938, in Sacramento. He was the founding Director of The Aquarian Effort drug abuse center and crisis line in Sacramento in the late 60’s. He became the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer and later the Juvenile Probation Judge for the State of Nevada and, in that position, instigated the formation of the Vision Quest youth program. He then became a Certified Arborist and owned and operated Estabrook Tree Works of Minden, Nev., and Grass Valley.

In his youth he was an avid runner and free climber who climbed every major mountain peak in California. As an adult his search for truth and God in the human condition was paramount to his life’s work and he explored (and challenged) almost every religion and philosophy. And now he knows.

Mr. Estabrook is survived by his life partner, Coqulicot Gilland; brothers Stan, Bob and Clifford Estabrook; ex-wife, Christa Estabrook-Knutson; children Bernd Estabrook of Jacksonville, Ill., Inge Costa of Minden, Nev., and Steven Estabrook of Sacramento, and grandchildren Carson Costa, Thomas and Jacob Estabrook and Haley Estabrook.

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