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VILAS, James Dean Jim was born September 27, 1944, at the San Diego, Calif., Naval Air Station to Robert and Marguerite Vilas. Jim passed away peacefully at home on September 15, 2011, after a lengthy battle with internal malignant melanoma that spread to his brain. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Patricia (nee Godwin), his son, Travis James and daughter Jillian, his sister Mary, Suzanne Vilas, numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-law and countless friends. Jim served in the U.S. Navy as a seaplane Captain for two tours in Vietnam with VP50, receiving the Purple Heart during his first tour. Jim then went back to Vietnam with NWASI for three years until the fall of Saigon - Jim was one of the last people off the U.S. Embassy roof during the evacuation. Jim then worked for Northrop in Inglewood before transferring to Palmdale and completed his career with Northrop in Inglewood. He then worked on the B1B program with Rockwell until his retirement. Jim earned his B.A. degree in Business Administration from UofC Bakersfield and went on to supervise hospital and home renovations and then as owner installer of Storage Overhead Systems. Jim was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as Commander of VFW Post 3552 for two terms. He was a member of the American Legion Post 348. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2011, at St. Marys Catholic Church, 1600 East Ave R-4, Palmdale, CA 93550. Reception to follow at Moose Lodge 507, Palmdale. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Wounded Warrior Project in memory of James D. Vilas.

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