Obituary: James William Luster
James William Luster died April 11, 2012. Jim was born on May 20, 1940 in Spokane, Wash., and lived there until moving with his family to Rosalia, Wash., where he attended high school. It was there that his athletic feats truly shone, lettering in three sports all four years and captain of both basketball and football teams his senior year.He moved to California to have quality time with his terminally ill brother. Jim stayed to graduate in business from San Jose State University. During that time, he married his high school sweetheart and had two children. Joining the Sears management team, he quickly became a department manager. His daily routine was to blow-dry his hair, dress in suit-and-tie and join the mash of cars on the Bayshore Freeway, to eventually arrive at the San Mateo Sears store.Jim was attending night school for a graduate degree when he and his wife joined an encounter group. Those meetings clarified a dream he had of leaving the corporate world and moving to a rural area to start his own business and raise his children. They did that by moving to Squaw Valley, Calif. A new life style emerged as Jim started his own excavation company, built his own home and began his obsession with softball and many other competitive activities.After 12 years in Squaw, he decided he was ready for a change and moved to Roslyn, Wash., where he lived the remainder of his life. He bought a popular local bar where he honed his competitive spirit and continued to enjoy life. He spent many winters in Mexico, always stopping to visit the many friends he had accumulated on the way there and back. As he aged, his sporting interests waned and were replaced with other pursuits: golf, Ping-Pong and cribbage.Jim will always be remembered as a person who lived life by his own rules and had as much fun in the process as anyone could. Some say he enjoyed andamp;#8220;coloring outside the lines.andamp;#8221; He once said, andamp;#8220;It has been a great ride.andamp;#8221; Finally in the end, he died as he lived . . . on his own terms.Jim is survived by his son Eric (wife Debbie) and grandsons, Bryce and Alex. He joins his son, Matt, his brother, Bobby, and his parents, Robert and Christine andamp;#8212; who preceded him in death.A celebration for Jim will be held at Pete andamp; Peters in Tahoe City on May 12 at 3 p.m. for anyone wanting to share a memory of Jim.
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