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Jeremy James-Gong Lum
Lathrop resident
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Jeremy James-Gong Lum, 29, entered into rest on July 9, 2009 in French Camp California. He was born on June 1, 1980 in Stockton.

He joins his grandparents —Bicky Lum, James Edward Timmons and Dorothy Mae Timmons  in heaven — as well as his two uncles and one aunt Dr. Tom Gong Lum, Daniel David Greenhill and Jackie Mae Auten. Mr. Lum is survived by a close tight-knit family who still live in Lathrop. His surviving family consist of: Jerry Lum, father, Dorathea Timmons, mother; brothers Mathieu Ryan Gong and Andrew Brendon Gong Lum; sister Kiersten Alexandra Gong Lum; grandmother May Lum and her husband, Shew Bong Chan; aunts  and uncles: Connie and Jose Perez, Joanne Gong Lum, Cindy Gong Lum, Sandy Greenhill, and Richard and Kathy Timmons; Cousins: Cameron Gong Lum, Kimberlynne Gong Lum, Joey Lynn Auten, Vernon Earl Auten, Tajwana Lynn Smith, Tyler Lum Perez, Aaron Lum Perez, Geoffrey Lum Perez, Ian Lum Russell, Evan Lum Russell, Kevin Gong Lum Jr. and Cross Gong Lum. Additionally, Jeremy is also survived by many other cousins and extended family members who loved him dearly.  

Jeremy was a Lathrop resident for the past 29 years. He attended Lathrop Elementary School and Manteca’s Sierra High School. In Jeremy’s adolescent years, he played for the Delta Rebels, finishing his varsity season as the starting quarterback. When Jeremy entered Sierra High in 1994, he and his classmates were the inaugural graduating class in 1998 (attending from their freshman year to their graduation). While attending Sierra High, Jeremy’s vitality was clearly expressed by his exceptional participation in football, wrestling, and track. He proudly displayed the number 8, crushing his opponents on the gridiron.  Jeremy’s success at Sierra High still reigns, as he still holds the record for the most defensive tackles. Moreover, he is even now remembered by his school for setting the pole-vaulting record.   After high school Jeremy went on to the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. After earning his bachelor’s, Jeremy decided to go back to school, attending Modesto Jr. College where he was currently studying to be a nurse.   Jeremy was a very talented young man. He loved playing the guitar and reading. He enjoyed on-line networking, remaining closely connected to his family and friends. He had a very strong interest in music and movies. He was the self proclaimed “King of Music Lyrics and Movie Lines.”  He enjoyed taking trips to the ocean, surfing and motorcycle riding. Jeremy never allowed defeat to escape his friend’s sight in an intense game of cards; for he seemed to always clutch victory from great odds.   Jeremy’s family meant the world to him. His American Staffordshire Terrier, Sandy, and his Presa Canario, Attila, were his ever-present companions. He treated his dogs as if they were his children. His dear friend John Silva was like a brother to him; even at family functions they were inseparable. As his confidant, Jeremy included John in everything.   Jeremy will be remembered for his love of life, his intellectual abilities, his sense of humor and especially his absolute loyalty toward his friends and family.   Mr. Lum’s services are being handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. A memorial in Jeremy’s honor will be held on Monday, July 20, at 2 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home. To send a special message to the Lum family, please go to their on-line guest book at

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Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, July 17, 2009