Louis James Secrest (better known as Jim) passed away peacefully on Aug. 26, 2018, in Roseville, Calif., after a long illness. We will miss him greatly, but know he is in a better place with family he loves.
Jimmie was born in Fresno, Calif., on Jan. 14, 1932, where he attended John Muir Elementary, Bullard Elementary, Hamilton Junior High and Fresno High School. He graduated in 1953 from Fresno State University with a BA in history. Later he received a masters degree in Latin American history from Mexico City College and then went on to the University of California at Berkeley where he received his PhD.
Always interested in history and the world around him, he traveled in many countries in Europe as well as the South Pacific and the Far East.
He served three years in the military, two of which were in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was able to travel whenever possible, enjoying the different cultures in Europe. Jimmie spoke a little German as well as Spanish and enjoyed visiting with people in every walk of life in whatever country he was in. He taught history on Kwajalein in the North Pacific as well as in Albuquerque, N.M.
One summer during college he worked with the youth at a camp in Santa Cruz and was always interested in helping young people to reach their potential, so it was only natural that he would work at a school for underprivileged youth after returning from New Mexico. It was while he was working there when he decided to settle down in the hills of Mariposa. He loved the life of peace and quiet he found there.
Jimmie was a loyal and true friend who loved to serve and help his family, friends and neighbors and was always there when he was needed ready to pitch in wherever he could.
He is survived by his twin sister, Bonne Shelburne of Roseville; brothers, William B. Secrest of Fresno and Carl Edwin Secrest from Chico, Calif. He is also survived by a niece, Amanda McFadyen of Roseville; nephew, Robert Bradley Shelburne from Salt Lake City, Utah; niece, Traina Giles from Aurora, Ore.; niece, Anna Liesle Holden from Sierra Vista, Ariz; and nephew, William Secrest Jr. from Fresno.
We’ll see you again soon, Jimmie.
A tree planting and memorial will take place on Monday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Airport Inn. There will be a potluck lunch. People are asked to come and share their favorite memories of him.