James Mitchell DittyJune 26, 1932 ~ May 8, 2017 (age 84)
84, passed away on May 8, 2017 after a long illness. Jim lived in Weimar, California for 50 years. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and attended the Colfax California Ward in the Auburn Stake.
Jim was born on June 26, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of James and Mary Mitchell Ditty.
After a wonderful childhood in Chicago Jim was awarded a football scholarship at Wofford College in South Carolina. While there he met the love of his life Ruth Boyd and they were married during his senior year. After college Jim and his wife moved to California and in 1955 he was drafted into the United States Army. On leaving the military he attended Brigham Young University where he earned a teaching degree. He soon began a life of educating young people. He began his career in Idaho and Utah and then moved to Southern California to take a job as a Probation Officer. But his love of teaching brought him back to the field of education and he took a job as a history teacher and football coach at Norwalk High School. By this time Jim and Ruth had 3 daughters and 2 sons. Jim had a great desire to raise his family out of the city. At this time the family moved to Weimar and Jim was employed by Placer High School. He started out as the Special Education teacher and was an assistant football coach. He then taught history, and then worked many years as the Work Experience Coordinator for Placer until his retirement.
Jim was active in serving in many callings in his church, including teacher, missionary, And member of the Bishopric.
Jim was very patriotic and loved his country and took many trips to visit various sites and places. His love of history made any trip with him and educational one. Jim was never afraid to try new adventures and loved to have his family join him in sailing, camping, hiking, swimming, skiing, and playing football.
Jim is survived by his wife Ruth; his three daughters Lynn (David) Lee, Donna (Jim) Knudsen, Roxanne (Scott) Dondelinger; His two sons James (Jill) Ditty, and Scott (Kim) Ditty, 18 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. A niece Peggy Holland Mitchell, and nephew Bill Holland.
A funeral service will be held at the LDS Chapel in Colfax, CA (1876 S Auburn Street), at 9:00am on Saturday, May 13, 2017 with interment to follow at the Colfax District Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Price Funeral Chapel (916) 725-2109.