James A. Love
January 2, 1926 - March 7, 2018
James A. Love was born January 2, 1926 in Phoenix, Arizona and lived in the small desert town of Cane Beds. About 1934, his family moved to Central Point, Oregon, where Jim attended schools until 1943 and entered the Navy as a minor to fight in World War II.
Jim served on the battleship USS California participating in battles throughout the Pacific. After World War II ended, they sailed through the Indian Ocean and around the Cape of Good Hope, touching at Singapore, Colombo, Ceylon, and Cape Town and arrived in the U.S. at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard having circumnavigated the globe. Jim was discharged in 1946, but re-inlisted in 1950 and served another four years during Korea.
In 1955, Jim married Betty Acker and settled in Medford where they raised their children, Gene and Linda. Jim was a Life Member of the Medford Masonic Lodge. Shortly after Jim's retirement he took a road trip, alone, from Medford to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and back in his little Datsun pickup.
After Betty's retirement, Jim and Betty moved to Arizona and into a retirement facility for some time before feeling the need to "get away from all the old people." They moved to El Dorado, Mexico just outside of San Felipe where they lived in a 5th-wheel trailer for years. At 72 years old, Jim said hauling his own water and propane was getting old. They moved to Mesa, Ariz. for over a decade before returning to Medford. Betty passed away in 2013, and Jim continued living in the home they shared. At 89 years old however, Jim decided to give up driving and move into assisted living at The Orchards. He lived there happily until he passed away at Providence Hospital, March 7, 2018. Jim was joined in passing the very next day by his sister, Naomi Lathrop. Jim was 92 years old.
He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and James Ford; his daughter-in-law, Susan Love; his grandchildren, Allison Love-Snyder, Zachary Love, Sarah Ford and Marissa Ford; and his great-grandson, Bret Snyder. Jim is lovingly remembered by us all, along with numerous sisters-in law, nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Love; his son, Gene Love; and his grandsons, William Ford and Adrian Ford.
At Jim's request, there was no service. He was interred at Eagle Point National Cemetery.