James “Jim” Lee Templeton, 69, of Galt passed away Feb. 27, 2020 in Sacramento following a long illness. He was born in Lodi on Oct. 7, 1950 and was a resident of Galt most of his life, with about four years in Lodi.
Jim was an avid motorcycle rider since his school years when vacation winter break was a ride to Jackson to see the sunshine, only to freeze in the return to the foggy valley. Jim had recently graduated from the hot rod Kawasaki to add a Ural sidecar unit that allows passengers, people and Golden Retrievers a more comfortable ride.
Jim was a volunteer firefighter after high school and was later hired as a firefighter/mechanic by Galt Fire Protection District. He became one of the first EMT2s in this county, the predecessor to today’s paramedic. Through the years, he became especially skilled at budget control and assuring safe access and egress throughout the district. He worked up to the office of Fire Chief. Beside the fire department’s community events (open houses, Christmas parade and annual Easter egg hunts), Jim also assisted the student reading program at Greer Middle School. An animal lover, Jim volunteered at the Sacramento Animal Shelter and Golden Retriever rescue with Homeward Bound.
Surviving Jim are his wife of 37 years, Debbie; brother Dale, nephew Fred Templeton; nieces Stephanie Hendricks, Valerie Hileman, Kali Lanigan and Shelby Crow, and their grandkids (who had nicknamed him “Big Goober”).
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m., at Estrellita Ballroom, 415 C Street in Galt. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Homeward Bound, 7495 Natomas Road, Elverta, CA 95626.
The family wants to thank the health care professionals at Kaiser Foundation who extended great effort to fight his aggressive disease and decrease Jim’s pain.
Rest in Peace, Big Goober, who will be missed by everyone.