2013-07-25 / Obituaries

James Creswell Spotts

James Creswell Spotts (Jim) was born March 2, 1948, in New Brighton, Pa., to the Rev. Alfred Spotts and Martha Jean Creswell Spotts. Several years later the family moved to Sterling, Kan., his “home.” Jim passed away on July 14 in San Francisco, after a battle with cancer, at age 65.

After graduating from Sterling High School in, Sterling, Kan., in l966, he attended Maryville College, in Maryville, Tenn., graduating in 1970. His adventuresome spirit and love for all people was a motivation for his junior year spent at University of Ibadan, in Nigeria, and spending a summer in Ethiopia. After college, he was registered as a CO and did alternate service at a Boston hospital for two years.

An English major whose diverse interests led him to jobs including running a restaurant in San Francisco, Jim later became a skilled contractor, renovating and building houses in San Francisco. In 2005, Jim moved to Mariposa, where he pursued his love of nature and the challenge of growing his food and flowers in a unique landscape. He was active in environmental, Audubon, and other community improvement and interest groups.

Jim had many friends who, with his large family, valued his loving and caring nature and fun loving spirit. He loved animals, especially his dogs.

Preceding Jim in death were brothers Joe and John in 2008 and his parents in 2012 and 2013. Surviving siblings are Al and wife, Maggie Steptoe, Louisville, Ky.; Ann and husband, Chuck Haspels, Cortez, Colo.; Andy, Chicago; Jan and husband, Jim McHenry, Houston, and Tim, Concord, Calif.

Jim was a special, beloved uncle to 10 nieces and nephews and a grandniece and grandnephew.

Memorial gifts can be sent to Family Link, 317 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114-1504. Jim was on the board and instrumental in the restoration of this guest house serving families visiting loved ones with life-threatening illnesses.

A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held at 3 p.m. this Saturday, July 27 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Mission area of San Francisco, 110 Julian Avenue. Jim’s ashes will be placed in the cemetery in Sterling, Kan. at a later time.

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