James K. “Jim” Sills

4/25/1952 - 5/14/2021

Jim Sills was born in Twin Falls, Idaho to Bill and Elsie Sills.  Jim was a man of many interests.  After becoming an adult, Jim found himself living on the 17th floor of a Manhattan apartment, waking to a view of the Statue of Liberty each morning.  He worked for Arrow Shirt Company and had the opportunity to travel frequently to the Orient on business.  This is where his love for that culture began.  

Jim's love of Oriental décor was evident as soon as you stepped into his home.  You would be greeted by the colors red and black, multiple dragons, and artwork, in a museum like setting, all appropriately lit to maximize their beauty.  Everything had its place and nothing was ever out of place.  

Getting out of the corporate rat race, Jim relocated to Las Vegas and owned and operated a vitamin store.  After losing his partner and soulmate, Jim moved to Elk Grove to be closer to his parents.

Once again, Jim ventured into the unknown, with another career change.  Jim accepted a position with a brand new assisted living community, Marriott Mapleridge, in Elk Grove, as a cottage coordinator.  The community changed ownerships and once again, Jim continued to grow within the company, working as assistant general manager, assisted living care coordinator and eventually retired as an executive director.  While working in the field, Jim made an impact on countless lives.  He touched employees as he directed all trainings, criticism and praise.  Many today credit Jim with their knowledge and growth in the assisted living field.  He touched residents when he assisted them however possible, giving a smile or hug.  He touched family members as he spent countless hours listening to concerns and frustrations in dealing with aging loved ones, then providing resources to assist them on this journey.  

Jim's next transition took him to a home on a horse property in Wilton, owned by the Wold family, who became like family and where he spent many tranquil hours drinking black coffee and Diet Coke, nurturing his massive plant collection, researching family genealogy, watching his extensive movie collection and simply relaxing.  

Jim's mother, Elsie was born in Hawaii and Jim had a great fondness for the Islands.  Having extended family there, one of his favorite vacations was a family cruise to Hawaii to celebrate his aunt's 100th birthday.  

Jim was a devoted son, and traveled frequently to Florence, Oregon, where his parents resided.  He cared for his mom until her death and had recently returned from assisting his father.  

Sadly, Jim passed, unexpectedly on May 14.  Jim leaves behind his father, Bill, a sister, Patty, a small circle of close friends and many, many acquaintances whose lives he touched in a variety of ways.  Jim was a person who provided emotional support, teaching and guiding as needed, but mostly just being there... He will be missed.

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