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Jim Powell

Jim Powell

Clement James Powell Jr. passed away July 14, 2013. He was 85.

Jim was born in Portland, Ore., and grew up primarily in the Bay Area. He graduated from El Cerrito High School and earned his bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, where he joined Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and eventually also met his future wife, Margie. They were married in 1952.

For 35 years, Jim taught science and math to seventh- and eighth-graders in Concord, Calif. — first at Glenbrook and then at El Dorado intermediate schools. He loved his job and was well liked by his students. But the most important kids in Jim’s life were, naturally, his own three children. He was never too busy to spend time with them, and his kind, patient and fun-loving nature made him an exceptional dad.

In 1997, Jim and Margie retired to the Sierra foothill community of Lake Wildwood. There, Jim continued to enjoy his favorite pastimes, including reading scientific magazines, making wood furniture, hiking, travel, photography and, especially, playing golf.

Jim lived his whole life with a positive outlook and a cheerful disposition, regardless of the circumstances; he will be best remembered for the warm smile with which he greeted friends and strangers alike.

He is survived by his sons, Steve and Jeff, and his daughter, Julie; grandchildren Stephanie, Ashley, Allyson and Bryan; daughters-in-law Michelle and Darlene; son-in-law Chris; and two nieces, Beth Freeman and Sandy (Freeman) Kudo.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Margie, in 2011 and by his sister, Marcia Freeman, in 2009.

Contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, http://alz.org.

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