James Edward Vandivier IV was born October 2, 1949 in Munich, Germany. His mother was in the military at the time of his birth. His only sibling "Steven McIntyre" passed away July, 2017. He is survived by his mother "Mariel Vandivier" who is 95 yrs. old, his wife Elaine, children, James Edward Vandivier V (Jimmy) Eden, and Naomi. Grandchildren are Lincoln, Lyla and Bentley. Step children are Tamahtra, Rojai, and Nichole, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Jim and his first bride at a very young age started the very first waterbed store in Sacramento, CA. Shortly after that, he started his own plumbing business in Orangevale, CA. He was the most hard working, motivated, never give up man we have ever known. He was so smart and so creative he could make nothing out of something. There really wasn't anything he couldn't do if he set his mind to it. He became a father in his twenties to three beautiful children with his young bride Mari who later in life decided to go their separate ways. Shortly after that, Jim met his beautiful and sweet wife Elaine and found love and happiness again. Whenever he talked about Elaine his face would light up with a huge smile. His love for her was so sweet. He worked incredibly hard to give his children the life that every child dreams of. We went camping, fishing, skiing, hiking Mt. Lassen, pretty much anything outdoors we did. We had horses, cows, dogs, barn cats, guinea pigs, chickens, Geese, hermit crabs, a snake, fish, a dove, and hamsters. But his love of motorcycles and motocross racing tops it all for what his passion was. He Motocross raced dirt bikes for many years and had a blast doing it. He had a Harley and then a sweet street motorcycle that he and Elaine and many friends road up and down the California coast. He lived life to the fullest and was so passionate about everything he did.
Two and a half years ago Jim was diagnosed with lung cancer. We were all so devastated and obviously worried about his future. From the beginning, he faced this battle with a very courageous and positive attitude. Never once did he feel sorry for himself or blame anyone or anything for this devastating disease. He always told us kids that I'm going to be ok, everything is going to be fine. Although he lost his battle to cancer it did not take his spirit away or break him down or make him lose hope, because in the end his hope was in Christ and he knew that God always had a better plan for him as hard as it is to understand. Jim loved God and always had Faith. Two days before he went home to be with Jesus, he was surrounded by his son Jimmy, daughter in law Jacqie and his wife Elaine. They all prayed together, always keeping the faith that God had everything in control. Jim was so sick and so weak but still had the strength to praise God and thank him for the life he was given. He was such a testimony to all of us to never lose faith and stay strong no matter what we're faced with. He is the most amazing, courageous, loving man we have ever known. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. To honor Jim, let’s all do our best to carry on his legacy and make him proud.
Family and friends are welcome for visitation on Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 4:00-8:00PM at Price Funeral Chapel (6335 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, 725-2109) and are invited to attend memorial services on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11AM at the Upper Room Community Church (11641 Blocker Dr. #280, Auburn, CA).