James Jefferson Sutton
April 4,1924 – Feb.18, 2014
James J. Sutton of Eagle River passed away Tuesday morning, February 18, 2014 at Prestige Care of natural causes.
Services will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Internment at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery, alongside his wife, will be held at a later date.
Mr. Sutton was born April 4, 1924 in Los Angeles, Calif., to his parents Frances and John Sutton. He graduated from high school, spent a few years working at an airplane machine assembly plant, then enlisted in the Navy-Air Core in December of1942. During the war he was a gunner on PB4Y-2’s in the Pacific Corridor. On one of his missions the plane ran into bad weather, became lost and had to ditch in the Pacific. All 12 crew members survived and were rescued by an American submarine after spending three days adrift in a life raft.
During one of Jim’s stateside tour of duties, he met his future bride, Lucille Bearden, at a roller skating rink in Lompoc, Calif. They were married in November of 1944. After the war, Jim and Lucille settled in the San Fernando Valley where their four children, Mike, Greg, Larry and Sharon were born. They later moved to West Covina and then LaHabra, before moving to Alaska in 1993 to live with their daughter and her family. Mr. Sutton worked for Dietrich Post starting as a blue print printing press operator and later moving into engineering supplies sales. He retired after 45 plus years with the company.
His family wrote, “Jim loved his family and enjoyed spending time camping at both the beach and in the mountains, teaching all of the children the joys of fishing, both fresh and salt water. He had a wonderful 65 year marriage to Lucille, sharing many of life’s joys until her death in 2010. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather, known as Gramps to all.
“Jim and Lucille moved to Alaska in June of 1993 after their retirement. During this time he was very happy to sit and enjoy the view of the beautiful Eagle River Valley and spend as much time at Glynn and Sharon’s property on the Kenai River, where he loved fishing for the elusive King Salmon. The last 2 and a half years of his life was spent at Prestige Care. He touched many lives and his sense of humor entertained all. He would tell stories of the war, times fishing and talked about the family he loved. All who had the joy of knowing him will miss him.”
Mr. Sutton is survived by his children Mike Sutton, Greg (Corinne) Sutton, Larry (Adriana) Sutton, and Sharon (Glynn) Macsurak, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were with Janssen Funeral Homes.