James Samuel Westfall was born September 20, 1950 and left this world September 1, 2023 after struggling with a stroke in March and many health problems he had prior.

James was a man who loved serving The Lord. He loved others and always helped out when he could. He loved telling jokes and seeing others happy. To know him was to love him.

He loved horses, cowboy hats and boots. He was a collector of country gear, along with many other things. He was a true collector at heart.

He served a short time in the Marines, and though he was offered a promotion to stay he decided that lifestyle wasn’t for him and left with an honorable discharge.

Despite it only being three years he served, being a Marine stayed with him in many ways. He loved and often talked fondly of the year he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

James was a hard-working man.

His work ethic and dedication was nothing short of admirable. He worked for Eureka City Garbage Company/Recology for 39 years and was disappointed he didn’t make it to the 40-year mark, but his health had already made that decision for him. He loved his job and many co-workers in his time there.

He leaves behind his two daughters — Staci Lynn and her husband Vicente, Lisa Joy and her husband Paul — along with two grandchildren, Bianca Jasmine and Phoenix James, whom he all shared with his ex-wife, Debra, and her husband, Mike. He also leaves behind his siblings Marshall and his wife, Sandra; and Marty and her husband, Bill; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who loved him deeply, knowing if they ever needed him he would be there in any way he could.

A celebration in his honor will be held October 15, 1 p.m. at the Bayside Grange: 2297 Jacoby Creek Road, Bayside. His family appreciates all who loved him and/or want to attend.


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