James Donald Owen
Memorial services were conducted Dec. 4 in Gardnerville, Nev., for James Donald Owen, who died Nov. 21, 2004, at his ranch in Gardnerville. He was 85.
Jim was born Dec, 31, 1918, in Sacramento, Calif., to Wesley R. and Veta Owen. He was a fourth generation native of California. His family were early pioneers who built Bassett Station, a Pony Express stop near Sierra City, Calif. His great-grandfather and grandfather were operative stone masons and helped build the Masonic Lodge in Penryn, Calif., of which Jim was a life time member. As a young man he lived in Penryn and attended high school in Auburn, Calif., where he excelled in track and field, earning the nickname of the “Penryn Flash.”
In 1964 Jim and his family moved to Gardnerville, where he owned and operated Silver State Travel. Over the years, Jim’s fleet of classic cars frequently appeared in local parades and charity fund-raising events. As an active community member Jim was a life member of the Penryn Gold Hills Lodge No. 32 of Free and Accepted Masons; a 50-year member of the Delta Royal Arch, chapter No. 27 in Auburn; Knight’s Templer; Ben Ali Shrine Club; Rotary Club; Kiwanis Club; Cadillac-LaSalle Club; and the Lahaina Yacht club.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae “Ann” Owen; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Roger Sweningsen, Lisa and Terry Maddox, and Kimberlee Nenzel, all of Gardnerville, and Kerry and Jim Nord of Napa, Calif.; granddaughters, Kalee Ann Duryee and Natalie Celete Maddox; sister, Barbara Toelke of Newscastle, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the East Fork Fire & Paramedics, 1616 8th Street, Minden, NV 89423 or to Carson Valley Medical Center, 1107 Highway 3395, Gardnerville, NV 89460.
Arrangements are under the direction of FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home, 1380 Highway 395, Gardnerville, NV. (775) 782-1999.