Jim Andersen was born at Dameron Hospital in Stockton, California on May 28, 1949 to Andrew Lee Andersen and Marion Bengta Andersen (Schadeck).
He grew up on the family farm in the countryside of Manteca with his sisters Susan Andersen and Sally Andersen (Frazier). Jim Andersen departed this world on November 24, 2022, in Arcata, California at the age of 73.
He was surrounded by loving family members and passed peacefully. Jim attended Veritas Grammar School until 6th grade and then Lincoln Elementary
School in Manteca for 7th and 8th grades. He was an excellent high school student at South Manteca High School where he was elected Student Body President by his graduating class of 1966. Jim was a standout basketball player at South Manteca High who played with passion, sparking his lifelong involvement as a player, coach and mentor which he passed on to his children and grandchildren. Jim studied at the University of California at Davis, graduating with a degree in Agricultural Business in 1970. While at Davis, he met the love of his life and future wife Marilyn Joan Andersen (Titmus) of Orinda, CA.
Jim and Marilyn were married in 1970 and had their first son in 1972. Together Jim and Marilyn had three sons, Jens Michael Andersen, Jonah Matthew Andersen and Andrew Jordan Andersen. Jim was very close with his sons and was proud of them. After a short stay in San Anselmo where Jim worked briefly for State Farm Insurance, the
couple relocated to rural Mendocino County in 1972 where Jim was eager to establish his vision of farming and working the land. During his time in Mendocino County, he was
able to fulfill his dreams by working on successful farming and ranching projects while reaping the bounty of the land. Raising cattle and becoming a horseman, riding and
roping and training cattle dogs were skills he acquired. By 1982, life changes led Jim to move back to the family farm in Manteca. Jim worked on the family almond orchard for many years until a career change brought him into the teaching profession. Jim finished his career as a Teacher, putting in 18 years and retiring from the San Joaquin County Office of Education. Jim lived the twilight years of his life in Stockton with his partner and love, Pam Loechler. Together Pam and Jim enjoyed cruises, traveling out of the country and visiting their many children and grandchildren spread around California and other states. GRANDMA_ Jim and Pam enjoyed retirement at their lakeside house where
fishing and boating were daily activities. Many beautiful family memories were created during this time and Jim was happy to spend his time with Pam. The lakeside house was the spot for many family get togethers.
Jim was a talented gardener and horticulturist. He had a gift for growing plants and grew fantastic vegetable gardens. He made delicious olives in the family tradition from the olive trees on the farm. Jim liked fishing and spending time by the water. He enjoyed
Bob Dylan’s music but liked any good tune and liked to sing along. He loved to play
horseshoes with his sons and friends and tossed many a ringer! He spent countless
evenings outside listening to Giants baseball games. Jim was always ready with a witty remark and was a clever card player and gamesman. He liked to play backgammon and especially cribbage. He liked to solve crosswords and word games. Jim had a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his
family. He will be missed.
Jim is survived by: sisters Sally Frazier and Susan Andersen; brother-in-law Steve Frazier; cousin John Schadeck; sons Jens Andersen, Jonah Andersen and Andrew Andersen and their wives Pam, Michelle and Jenelle; grandchildren Abigail, Malia, Mason, Jordan, Dylan and Morgan; nephews Brian Howe, Matthew Manke and Brett
Frazier; niece Ame Patton (Erler); life partner Pam Loechler and family; as well as many other family and friends.
A Celebration of Life for Jim Andersen is scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 11th at Park View Funeral Home, 3661 French Camp Rd, Manteca. Viewing will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Celebration of Life will begin at 11:00am. All who wish to honor Jim are welcome. Please dress casually.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, December 10, 2022