James (Jim) Foskett

James (Jim) Foskett, 88, died on April 7, 2019 at his home in Elk Grove, CA. He is survived by his wife, Barbara and sons, Jim J. (Linda) and Matthew (Janet), four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Jim was born October 17, 1930 in Oakland, CA to  Walter and Helen (Burr) Foskett. He spent his early years in the Wilton area. He rode his horse to attend Lee School. The family worked hard at chores caring for animals. They enjoyed hunting, fishing and swimming. He attended high school in Galt and Elk Grove, graduating from Elk GroveHigh School in 1949. While in school he worked with dairy cattle and harvesting hops.

Jim married Barbara Backer, January 26, 1951. He spent part of their first year of marriage with the U.S. Army in Korea. After his service, the family settled in Franklin. He was active in leadership for Cub Scouts, Little Boys Baseball League, and Pop Warner Football.

Jim worked as a business representative for the IAM and AW unions for many years and later with the State of California as an apprenticeship consultant. After his retirement, Jim and Barbara traveled to Europe and around the western United States. They led Wally Byam Airstream caravans and car rallies. Jim met rock hound friends at Quartzite, AZ. He taught lapidary skills, jewelry making and sphere making. He collected post office box doors. Their home contains many of his hand crafted items. His many friends have received items as gifts. His favorite old car was a Model-A Roadster.

Services will be private.

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