Obituary: Jaime Amezcua Jr.
Grandfather, longtime SCE employee, traveler
Jaime Amezcua Jr. was born on February 10, 1955 in King City, California. He died July 6 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke while visiting in Maui, Hawaii.
Jaime grew up in Salinas, in Monterey County, attending Palma High School. As a young man, he acquired mechanical and maintenance skills by helping his father, who ran a labor camp in Salinas Valley. Later he experienced many adventures through hitchhiking to Oregon and Alaska in the summer months, where he worked in fish hatcheries.
He attended Lassen Community College for a year and worked as a teacher’s aide in the migrant program in Salinas, where he ultimately met his future wife, Julie Lynne Parker. He was an avid coin and tool collector, and tree climber. He worked for a short time as a truck driver, visiting many places in the U.S., especially enjoying New Orleans.
In 1976, he married Julie and moved to Southern California, settling in Pomona before ultimately moving to Claremont, where he lived for 21 years. He also lived in Blythe for nine years and Apple Valley for eight years. He worked for Southern California Edison from 1976 to 2013 as an apprentice lineman, lineman, SCE United Way representative and Special Olympics liaison, and ultimately as an electrical city planning manager for 37 years. Throughout this time he was also involved with his three sons and their sports activities, especially baseball and soccer, where he was a coach and manager for many years.
After retiring in 2013 he filled his days with various home improvement projects, visiting family, boating on the Colorado River, entertaining his dogs with his Polaris, and traveling to many places. Among his favorites were San Clemente and Monterey, California; Hawaii; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Colorado.
“But most importantly, Jaime loved people, humor, and storytelling,” his family shared. “Everywhere he went, he made friends and got people to laugh.”
He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Julie; sons, Geoff, Mike, and Trevor; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; his mother, Carmen; sister, Mary; numerous nephews, nieces, and their families; and his three beloved dogs.
He joins his brothers Alex, and Carlos, as well as his father who all died before him.
“We will all miss Jaime’s infectious, humor, stories, and love,” his family added.