James (Jim) Troy Snead Jr. passed away at the age of 90 on April 24, 2023 at his home in Eureka.

Jim was born in San Francisco on July 25, 1932. After high school, he enlisted in the National Guard and then the US Air Force. After his honorable discharge from the military, he worked for Western Electric Phone Company for 33 years. He retired from the phone company and a few years later started working at KIEM TV part-time. After his retirement from KIEM TV, he spent time traveling the United States and many different countries including Panama, Canada, Scotland and Morocco. When home he liked to spend his time puttering in his garage, golfing, fishing and camping. He also made a point to attend as many sports events, musical recitals, graduations and more for his grandchildren. He loved that his grandchildren & great grandchildren called him “GGPa.” He was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Giants and he watched many games on TV and in-person.

Jim thought of himself as a comedian and was famous in the family for his sayings like “If the rain keeps up, it won’t come down.” If someone asked him how he was feeling, his answer would always be “with my fingers.”

One of the highlights of his life was being part of one of the Honor Flights to Washington DC. Above all else, Jim felt the Lord blessed him with his loving family and friends and never hesitated to tell his family. He gave great hugs and was always ready to help everyone.

Jim’s family wants to extend a special thanks to Hospice and to the doctors and staff at the Veterans Department in Eureka for their amazing help and compassion in the final days of his life.

He is survived by his loving partner, Frances Argo, daughters Dawn Snead & Diane Morrison (Larry), daughter-in-law Debbie Snead, six grandchildren, Rodney Morrison (Becky), Ryan Morrison, Janel Person (Ron), Craig Mitchell Jr., Carrie Snead (Jeff) and Jamison Snead. He is also survived by eight great grandchildren; James Morrison, Seth Morrison, Alan Morrison, Dominic Person, Zaniyah Person, Aurora Mitchell, Jade Mitchell and Neo Rosen-Mitchell. He is also survived by other special people in his life; Fran’s children and grandchildren, Sarah & Pam Rosen-Mitchell and his little doggy companion Mr. Bixby.

Jim was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Snead & his second wife, Mary Ruth Snead, his sons, James Patrick (Bimbo) Snead and James Troy Snead III, his father James Troy Snead Sr, his mother, Evelyn Snead, his sister, Dorothy Snead and his best friend, Sid Riddle

A celebration of Jim’s life will be announced at a later date via friends, family & Facebook.


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