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FORD James A
FORD, James A. 81, of California City died March 17, 2016. Born in Huntington Park, Calif., the son of Horace and Evelyn Ford. He was married to his wife Kay for 59 years. Graduated Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1952 and went on to receive his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and his Masters from USC. After working for Douglas Aircraft in the 50s, James enjoyed a full and noteworthy career working for the Air Force for 45 years, retiring in 2002. He loved aircraft from a very early age, but his true passion was to be a leader and a mentor to those that he worked with. As an early California City resident, James was very active in his community, serving on serval civic committees. He was an avid bird hunter and fisherman, enjoyed bowling, golf and tennis. He loved to maintain and restore classic cars and despite having the family name, 'Ford' he was a die hard Chevy guy. James is survived by his wife Kay Ford, his grandson Joshua Riley, his great-grandsons Ethan and Sean Riley and his sister Judith Crum. His daughter Katherine predeceased him. Memorial services will be held 3pm, March 25, 2016, at the Assembly of God Church at 21924 Calhoun Dr. with Pastor Frank Bachara of Desert Song Church presiding. In his honor, donations may be made to Desert Song Church, P.O. Box 2605, Cal City, 93504.

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