Lives Lived: James Longnecker |

Lives Lived: James Longnecker

James Philip Longnecker, of Grass Valley, died Feb. 9 in San Francisco. He was 64.

A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Gary’s Place, 158 Mill St., in downtown Grass Valley.

He was born in San Francisco and grew up in Washington state, but he spent his adult life in California.

After four years in the U. S. Navy, Mr. Longnecker became an engineer at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto. Later, he lived for more than 20 years in Petrolia, where he was a fire chief and emergency medical technician.

In the 1990s, Mr. Longnecker moved closer to San Francisco and spent more than 15 years traveling to 50 countries selling telecommunications equipment. He came to Grass Valley in 2002.

He was known for his bright mind and kind nature. He will be greatly missed by his many friends.

Mr. Longnecker is survived by his sister, Jean Soliz-Conklin and her husband, Bruce Conklin; his niece, Dominga Soliz, and her children, Maya and Cypress; and many loving cousins.

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