Brian North James

Brian North James, 83, died on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.

He was born in Keene, N.H. on Oct. 1, 1936.

He graduated from UCLA with a BS in Business Administration. He spent four years in the ROTC during college years, followed by six months active duty in the Army infantry, and 10 years in the Army Reserve. He was an operations officer at the Lake Arrowhead branch of Bank of America. He was a volunteer fireman for Lake Arrowhead Fire Department and a member of the Lake Arrowhead Lions’Club. Two daughters were born at the Santa Anita Hospital in Lake Arrowhead.

He and his family moved to Calimesa in 1965. Brian earned a teaching credential at UCR. He taught social studies (history) at Coombs Junior. High in Banning. At Coombs he sponsored the first Indian Club for Morongo Indian students.

He served as a director of the Yucaipa Family Welfare. He was president of the Beaumont Lions Club and volunteered for five years as a fire lookout at Strawberry Peak in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Brian was the writer of many one “liners” to the Letters to the Editor opinion page in the Yucaipa Calimesa News Mirror.

He was passionate about saving our forests, protecting our wildlife and preserving open space. His presence will be greatly missed.

He is survived by Beverly, his wife of 60 years, his daughters Pamela (Tom), Debra (Robert), grandsons Boston and Locke, his sister Marilyn (George), and a niece and three nephews.