Obituary: James Arthur Sandwith |

Obituary: James Arthur Sandwith

A memorial celebration for James Arthur and#8220;Sandwichand#8221; Sandwith, 79, Soda Springs, Calif., will be held Saturday, June 19, at Donner Summit Lodge at 1 p.m.

Mr. Sandwith died peacefully May 10, 2010, at Tahoe Forest Hospital in the company of family and friends.

He was born April 3, 1931, in Scammon, Kan., the son of William and Myrtle Swofford Sandwith.

He grew up in Scammon until the family moved in 1939 to Vallejo, Calif., where he lived until 1969, when he moved to Lawrence. In 1971, he returned to California and lived in the Sacramento Valley until 1978, when he moved to Soda Springs.

Mr. Sandwith was a U.S. Army Airborne veteran of the Korean War and participated in two combat jumps. He achieved the rank of E6 and was awarded the Silver Star and 2 Purple Hearts. After the war, Mr. Sandwith taught mountain warfare to the Japanese Army with the 10th Mountain Division before being stationed in Colorado.

He attended the University of California-Berkeley and was a member of the Sports Car Club of America.

Mr. Sandwith was a police officer in Vallejo and Berkeley, Calif., and also worked as a Porsche factory mechanic, auto racing mechanic, cowboy and pipe fitter.

His hobbies included auto racing, skiing and military history. He was a skilled raconteur who never met a stranger.

He married Frances Louise Craig on June 14, 1970, in Baldwin City, Kan. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Belle Starr Sandwith, Sattley, Calif.; two sons, Jesse James Sandwith and his wife, Eugenie, Verdi, Nev., and Craig Wesley Hermosillo, Soda Springs; and a sister, Donna Sandwith Garibaldi, Vallejo.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ann Sandwith, Wilma Sandwith and Thelma Sandwith Fuller; a brother, Bill Sandwith; and twin siblings who died at birth.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Truckee-Tahoe Humane Society, P.O. Box 9041, Truckee, CA 96162 or to any organization that benefits U.S. military veterans.

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