James Frank Nunes, a theater arts teacher in the Galt Joint Union High School District, died unexpectedly on Oct. 12, 2017 at the age of 43 while working on the school’s latest production of “A Little Shop of Horrors”.
Jim is survived by his parents Albert J. and Carol Nunes, four children, who he affectionately called his Baby G’s: Gavin, Gillian, Giovanna and Gregory and their mother, Rosella Rowlison; his sisters, Rebecca (Jennifer) Milo-Nunes and Sarah Nunes; aunt and uncle, Ann and John Venturella, as well as several first and second cousins; three nephews, Matteo, Dominic and Lorenzo.
Jim is preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Ruth Nunes, and Frank and Mildred Dias.
Jim was born on May 26, 1974. He graduated from Manteca High School in 1992 and received his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State University. He had a multi-subject teaching credential and spent the last 15 years as the theater arts instructor at both Galt high schools. He also founded and was first creative director of the Infinite Theater Group, designed to produce community theater productions for Galt and surrounding areas. He was a member of NorCal DeMolay and a Master Mason.
Jim was a devoted father and dedicated teacher; he loved all things Sci- Fi, U2, the San Francisco Giants, collecting baseball cards and all things comic related. He looked forward to attending Comic-Con in San Diego each summer with his oldest son, and took his theater students each year to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. He inspired many young minds and was passionate about drawing the best out of his students. As a result, he was instrumental in coaching his students in many award-winning productions. Equally devoted to his four children, he was a fixture in the cheering section of all his children’s athletic events and loved to travel each summer with them to see sights in the U.S., like Yellowstone Park, Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. Always a kid at heart, Jim loved to play video games with his children and share his love of the arts by taking them to many theater productions and art shows. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.
A celebration of life service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Galt High School Warrior gymnasium, 145 N. Lincoln Way, Galt.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Jim F. Nunes Scholarship for Dramatic Arts” at the high school address listed above.