James Joseph Richardson Jr

James Joseph Richardson, Jr., 64, passed away on Jan. 20, 2020, at home in Yucaipa.

He was born Jan. 19, 1956, in Indio.

Jim is remembered for his love of family and friends, his sense of adventure, passion for music and classic movies, and endless search for good food.

Jim worked at the San Bernardino City Unified School District for 30 years as a Special Education teacher, Mentor Teacher, and District Data Resource Teacher, and was beloved by his students and fellow educators.

A talented musician, Jim played the guitar, banjo, and mandolin, among other stringed instruments, and encouraged an appreciation of music and the arts in his children, Jim and Charlotte.

Jim cultivated a lifelong interest in Central and South American art and culture after he and his wife, Barbara, backpacked through Guatemala on their honeymoon, the first of their many adventures together.

Jim fought a brave battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for three years and never lost his selfless nature or sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Barbara Richardson, son James Philip Richardson, daughter Charlotte Richardson, daughter-in-law Rachel Mahan, brother William Jeffrey Richardson, and stepmother Erika Richardson, all of Yucaipa; brother John Richardson, sister-in-law Anne Taylor, and nephew William Fletcher Lee Richardson, of Missoula, Mont.; sister Jaime Richardson, of Los Angeles; and uncle and aunt Lowell and Marianne Richardson, of Tucson, Ariz.

A celebration of life service will be held for Jim at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Yucaipa Performing Arts Center, 12062 California St., in Yucaipa.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Making Hope Happen Scholarship Foundation in Jim’s name at https://makinghope.org/fund-a-scholarship.