James Craig Coley passed quietly away on Nov. 4 in Surprise, Az, due to complications from a rare form of brain cancer at the age of 77. Born on May 5, 1938, Jim’s adolescent years were spent in Coronado where he located from Pasadena during junior high school. He attended Coronado High School where he played on the varsity basketball team and graduated in 1957. He later married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Geiler, class of 1958. They spent most of their earlier years raising their four children in Imperial Beach and Chula Vista. They later relocated to Kailua-Kona Hawaii in 2000, and then later moved to Surprise, Az in 2005 where Barbara passed away almost immediately.
Jim’s career spanned three decades at Rohr Industries in Chula Vista as a quality engineer, working first on the rollout of the global antenna tracking stations for the early days of NASA, then the first generation BART cars for San Francisco and then finishing work on the Surface Effect Ship, the navy’s first foray into hovercrafts. In his early days at Rohr, Jim was able to travel the world building antennas in far way locations like Australia, Coco Beach, Fl, and the Bahamas, the latter one of his most favorite locations. In his later years before retiring, Jim spent time in several different local companies mostly performing QA work on automatic mail handlers and mortar shell assembly equipment.
Jim is survived by all four of his children: James Craig Coley II, Kenneth Craig Coley, Steven Craig Coley and Laura Ann Clark; along with his six grand children: Brittany Erin Coley, Justin Reed Coley, Brandon Tyler Coley, Matthew James Coley, Morgan Clark and Mallory Clark.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. at Pathways Church, 9626 Carlton Hills Boulevard in Santee. There will be a small gathering shortly after the service at Laura Clark’s home open to friends and family.
In keeping with Jim’s wishes, Jim and Barbara’s ashes will then be scattered in the Pacific Ocean where they spent considerable time with Barbara’s parents fishing in the 1960s and 1970s and always found peace among the vast expanse of the ocean.