Sunrise: Sept. 27, 1945
Sunset: Dec. 25, 2015
Our dearest brother, uncle and friend was preceded in death by his parents, James and Virginia (Bantle) Darling. He is survived by seven siblings, Diane (Hal) Heidrich of Sacramento, California, David (Fran) Darling, Daniel (Diana) Darling, Kathleen (Robert) Payne, Joanne Swensen, all in Michigan, Mary (Paul) Johnson of Florida and Denise (Nelson) Champine of North Carolina; he also lost a sister in her infancy. Jim was a devoted and loving uncle to Matthew, Kevin and Tyler Heidrich, Andrew (Cindy), Bella, Emily Heidrich, Logan and Makedah Mills, all of Sacramento; he also leaves nieces and nephews in Michigan and North Carolina: Jill, Martha, Ryan, Stephanie, Steven, Scott, Brian and Katie.
Jim graduated from Mount Clemens High School in Mount Clemens, Michigan, in 1963. He joined the U.S. Navy and retired in 1983. He was very proud of his service to his country and held veteran’s issues close to his heart. He loved working as a faithful volunteer with the Solano Community College Horticulture Club, his home away from home, where he served as treasurer and enhanced and shared his love of nature. Jim was also an amateur photographer, a hobby he loved and wholeheartedly embraced.
Jim’s quiet reserve and willingness to help anyone who needed it will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
You may honor him at his memorial service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, California. A celebration of life, hosted by the SCC Horticulture Club, will follow at the Veterans Hall, 1305 N. First St., Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Wounded Warriors Project.
Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 707-425-4697, www.bryanbraker.com.