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On Sunday, September 19, 2021, James Fitzgerald Jr. passed away at the age of 79. James was born August 30, 1942 in San Jose Ca. to James and Isabell Fitzgerald. He is survived by his children: James and Susan Fitzgerald, Debra Fitzgerald, Dustin and Melissa Shaw, Lacey and David Buford, Rowdy and Breanne Fitzgerald, William (Billy) Fitzgerald and George Fitzgerald. Grandchildren: Brittany and Jedediah Fitzgerald, Wyatt and Charlotte Shaw, Brett and Samantha Budre, Noah Fitzgerald, and Jake Buford, Reylynn and Brooklyn Fitzgerald. He is also survived by his sister Terri and Glen Thompson, and a host of beloved nephews, nieces, and cousins.
He is predeceased by his parents James and Isabell Fitzgerald, his three brothers: William (Bill) Fitzgerald, Albert (Bert) Fitzgerald and David Fitzgerald, and two sisters: Mary Thompson and Sue Houghton.
Jim joined the Marines in December 1961 and served his country until 1964. Afterwards, he finally settled in Orange Cove, CA.
He spent his younger years taking horse pack trips into the high country and fishing in the mountain streams. He was happiest when he was fishing!
Jim was employed by Coca-Cola and moved up in rank to District Sales Manager. After leaving Coke, Jim continued in sales and cattle ranching. He raised and showed registered Limousin cattle and this became his passion for the next 30 years. Jim made sure his children joined 4-H and experienced the many lessons learned while raising and caring for animals.
Jim loved to have a good time with friends and family. Later in life, he had a second family including five children, Dustin, Lacey, Billy, Rowdy, and George. He loved to load up all the kids and go camping and fishing.
A graveside service with military honors will be held for James on October 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Smith Mountain Cemetery, 42088 Rd. 100 Dinuba, CA. 93618.
Flowers can be sent directly to Smith Mountain Cemetery.
Monday, October 11, 2021
1:00 - 1:45pm (Pacific time)
Dopkins Funeral Chapel Dinuba
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