Jim Royston Joy, 94, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19 surrounded by his family.
Jim was born in Baltimore, Md., on Aug. 17, 1925, but grew up in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. He graduated from Franklin High School where he was a star football player.
At age 17, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jim enlisted in the Navy. He was a torpedo man on the USS Essex in the South Pacific. He later served in the Philippines during the Korean Conflict. Jim received multiple medals for his military service.
Jim worked as a lineman and service crew foreman for Southern California Edison Company in the Alhambra/Montabello Service District from 1947 to 1985.
Jim married Dorothy Bender on June 1, 1947 after the couple won the first Highland Park June Bride Contest. Later, the couple and their baby daughter moved to San Gabriel where they lived until 1989. The couple’s twin daughters were later born at Port Hueneme during his service in Korea. While in San Gabriel, Jim was active in all things associated with his daughters including PTA, Girl Scouts as a troop leader and assistant leader, Job’s Daughters, school music productions and events, and athletic events. Jim is remembered as telling his daughters “you can be anything you want to be,” and actively supported their interests.
Jim joined Eastgate Masonic Lodge #290 in 1956 and remained active in Masonic work and charities until his death. He served as Patron of Eastgate Eastern Star in 1964. He was Master of Eastgate Lodge in 1974. When Jim and Dorothy moved to Yucaipa in 1989, he became an active member of Yucaipa Lodge #726 while retaining his membership in Eastgate Lodge. Jim received the Hiram Award from CA Grand Lodge in 2004.
Jim was active in the Inland Empire Racewalkers walking club and competed in multiple half marathons beginning at age 73. He volunteered his time with the Rock ‘n Roll race association once hip and Achilles tendon issues sidelined him. He also volunteered at Loma Linda University to promote healthy options for senior citizens.
Jim is preceded in death by his father, John Thomas Joy; mother, Marguerite Barron Joy Swift (Cole); and brother, Thomas Franklin Joy.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 73 years Dorothy Rose Joy (Bender), daughters Jean Jimel Seibert (Joy), Debra Joanne Callandrillo (Joy), and Jennifer Anne Dean (Joy), as well as four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
A memorial service for Jim will be held Sunday Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Center on California Street in Yucaipa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Fellowship Lodge #668 High-12 Scholarship Fund or Yucaipa Valley Animal Placement Society (YAPS).