2014-09-25 / Obituaries

James Richard Donahue

James Richard Donahue, also known as “Big Jim,” a resident of Midpines, passed away on

Sept. 1, 2014 at the age of 54.

Jim was born in San Jose on Sept. 4, 1959. Jim had many talents. He learned welding in high school and went on to do decorative wrought-iron work for wineries and private contracts. He was also a gifted chef, going from oyster bar chef in his youth to starting a business, Big Boys Catering.

Jim also had a talent for singing and guitar, playing at weddings and wherever he was asked. In the past few years he also enjoyed karaoke. While Jim was raised in San Jose, his family spent every holiday and all summer in Mariposa after buying a lot in the new Lushmeadows subdivision in 1963. In his youth, Jim and his three brothers spent many hours building their cabin, and hunting, fishing and taking yearly family backpacking trips in the high country of Yosemite National Park. In the past few years, despite being obviously disabled and gravely ill, he always had a smile on his face.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian Donahue and is survived by his father, William Donahue, Sr., his brothers Dr. William Donahue, Jr., Mark Donahue and Robert Donahue. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, including Erin Mazzei, Michael Donahue, Robert Donahue, Karen Donahue, Carolyn Mathews and Sierra Donahue—as well as by his loving partner and caregiver, Kathy Gutierrez.

Jim was happy to have four great-nieces and greatnephews, including one who was born within one hour before Jim’s passing.

Jim’s family is very grateful to the John C. Fremont Healthcare District for the excellent care Jim received over the years and for the TLC offered to his family after he passed. The family would also like to thank local first responders, including Mercy Ambulance and the Sheriff’s Office for their sensitive and caring support.

There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 in the banquet room of the Miner’s Roadhouse 140 in Mariposa. It will be a potluck. All who knew Jim are invited to attend.

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