James Dale Stewart was taken home to meet his Lord and Savior on November 1, 2015 with his wife of 45 years, Jeanette, by his side.

In recent years he had battled Bone Cancer and suffered complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Jim was born in Los Angeles, California on October 20, 1927.

Jim was a US Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific theater. He was training for the planned invasion of Mainland Japan when the war ended.

After the war he pursued a career in education. Jim taught at elementary schools in Mount Shasta, California and in Bakersfield, California, before retiring to live in Weed, California.

He will be deeply missed by family and friends, most certainly by the many generations of students he mentored throughout his career.

Jim loved the outdoors, especially northern California. He enjoyed hiking on and around Mt. Shasta, as well as living in the area.

Jim also loved animals, having a myriad of dogs, cats and parrots throughout his lifetime.

Jim is preceded in death by his father and mother, Dr. James and Regina Stewart; his sister, Marian Heath; and adopted stepson, Michael Stewart.

He is survived by son, Marcus Stewart and his wife Teresa of San Jose, California; daughter, Laura and her husband Jeff Williams of Nixa, Missouri; stepson, Troy Hawkins and his wife Donna; and stepdaughter, Kathy Berry, all of Bakersfield, California.

He is also survived by grandchildren: David Stewart and his wife Andrea, Linda Stewart, and Marin Williams; and great-grandchild, Avery Stewart, son of David and Andrea.

The family would like to thank Pacifica Senior Care and Hoffman Hospice for their dedication to Jim’s care.