James Dean Landess died quietly in his Half Moon Bay home on New Year’s Eve 2017 after spending a very special Christmas with his family. He was 90 years old.
The son of Virgil and Edith Landess and known by his family and friends as Jim, he was born and raised in Chitwood, Oregon and attended Eddyville High School. Jim served in the Navy during World War II and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University. Jim married Beverly Turner of Harlan, Oregon and they moved to Annette Island in Alaska. This was the start of their wonderful 66-year adventure together.
After Alaska, Jim and Bev moved first to Sunnyvale, California to begin their family and eventually to Half Moon Bay to be closer to the beach they loved.
An electrical engineer by profession, Jim loved traveling with family and friends and all things outdoors, especially camping, hiking, backpacking and sailing. He loved building things and exploring back roads. He could fix anything.
Jim is survived by his wife Beverly (Turner) Landess; his daughters: Maryl Landess and Marnie Kelley; his granddaughters: Camille and Emily Kelley, Gabrielle and Amelia Landess; and by his son-in-law and daughter-in-law Mark Kelley and Elizabeth Gong Landess. His son James Landess, Jr., his grandson Ryan Kelley and his son-in-law Michael Halvorson predeceased him.
Jim was a man of integrity. A quiet man, he was a good listener, often sharing unique insights. He will be remembered with respect, affection and love. He will be missed, particularly for his loving hugs and wry sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations can be made to Peninsula Open Space Trust,
222 High St, Palo Alto CA 94301 or openspacetrust.org.