James Moore King J.D. ’70 was born on July 30, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York, and subsequently spent his entire life hoping for Dodger victories. He attended high school in Freeport, New York, and college at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. After college he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a reserve officer and served as a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Seminole. After two years in the service, Jim moved to the West Coast and earned his J.D. from SCU. After practicing law in San Jose for two years, he established an office in Santa Cruz, where he practiced law for over 40 years. Jim’s specialty was workers’ compensation and employment law. He was a dedicated “people’s” attorney, whose favorite office file was the one with thank you notes from his clients. Throughout his time in Santa Cruz Jim contributed to the community through work on many boards, including the original Santa Cruz Westside Community Health Center, the Santa Cruz County Democratic Central Committee, the Police Review Board, the Air Quality Review Board, and the Homeless Services Center. He was a member of the Lawyers’ Referral Service and a docent at Ano Nuevo Interpretive Association. Jim loved his family, his wife, his friends, and his dogs, above all else. He loved to run, hike, travel, read, converse, grow tomatoes, and have a good meal. He liked to take his time. He was a spiritual man: thoughtful, intelligent, with an immense curiosity about life, and a huge capacity to enjoy it. Jim died on Nov. 11, 2017, in Arcata, California, from prostate cancer. He was 74 years old. Jim was preceded in death by his father, James King, and his mother, Dorothy Ann King. He is survived by his wife, Sharon King; stepson and daughter-in-law Elijah and Chelsea Gladden; stepson Joshua Gladden; grandchildren Stella, Gavin, Lila, Beatrice and Isabel Gladden; sister-in-law Jane Edelman and brother-in-law Larry Edelman; cousins James, Meg, and Jack Wehrum; and many, many friends.

08 Nov 2018