Obituary: James Paul Speck | SierraSun.com

Obituary: James Paul Speck

James Paul Speck passed away under the care of family, friends and staff at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., on Dec. 30, 2011.Jim as his friends and family more commonly knew him, was born in San Francisco, Calif., on Feb. 10, 1942, later to be raised in a small house along the riverbank in Truckee, Calif. After serving his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict, Jim moved to Incline Village, Nev., where he had resided for the last 50 years. Jim also served the local Lake Tahoe community as a well-known and friendly ambassador of the Sierra Pacific Power Company who retired after 35 years of diligent employment. Several years prior to his retirement Jim had met Judy, the love of his life. They were married in 1994 at a small chapel located at the local world famous landmark, the Ponderosa Ranch. Jim and Judy had spent many happy years at Lake Tahoe and as well at their second residence in Wyoming where they had built a beautiful log home.To his friends and family Jim was known as a kind and gentle man with an offbeat sense of humor who loved to occasionally pick a few old time rock and roll licks on any old guitar. To many others, Jim was recognized as a very well respected outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman with a strong sense of character.Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Rose, his father, Levi, and his brother Butch, and is survived by his loving wife, Judy, his son Ken of Auburn, Calif., his twin sister Anita Crane of Park City, Utah, and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. All will dearly miss him.A memorial mass is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at 11a.m. at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Incline Village, Nev., followed by a gathering of friends and family at Azzaraandamp;#8217;s Italian Restaurant.In lieu of flowers please make a small donation to: http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org.