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James Warren Hunter
July 11, 1958 ~ November 26, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old
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Jim Hunter, 65, of Vista, California, passed away at home with his family at his side. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 36 years Carleen; children: Andrew (Mareike), Evelyn, Ted (Katy) and Douglas; grandchildren: Theo and Franklin; siblings: Cora Swalec, Ted, Jane Brumby and Glenn; as well as many beloved aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Jim was predeceased by his parents Warren (Ted) and LaVerne (Chris) Hunter and his brother Bill.
Jim grew up in Sherman Oaks, California with his five siblings. The family also spent several years on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. These early years saw Jim develop a variety of interests. He was involved in scouting, football, and high school marching band playing the clarinet. While in the Marshall Islands, Jim learned to SCUBA dive and sail, and he would have a lifelong passion for the ocean.
Jim was known to many as a leader, mentor and servant. He loved being involved with youth programs, and his roles included scout leader, sports coach, robotics coach, Children's Liturgy of the Word minister, and intern mentor in his job as a Reliability Engineer. Many youth programs benefited from his gifts as a dedicated leader, patient teacher, and very fun guy. He was an outdoorsman, passing on his appreciation for the natural world to his children, friends, and scouts.
Jim was diagnosed with late-stage lung cancer in 2021, and for nearly 2.5 years he maintained an active and full life between treatments: Bible study, biking, coaching, and mentoring interns. As Jim and his family prepared for his passing, they were touched by the many people who reached out to share how he affected their lives. First and foremost, Jim served the Lord and his family. All of Jim's children and his wife were privileged to be present as he took his last breath at home. Prayers for a peaceful passing were answered beyond expectations. He was beloved by many and will be missed by all.