James David Karns

April 18, 1960June 30, 2018

It is with his family’s great sadness to announce that James David Karns: a loving father and long-time resident of Tustin, CA, has passed away unexpectedly on June 30th, 2018. He was 58 years old, & was out of town celebrating a close friend’s birthday in Las Vegas, NV. James was born in Fontana on April 18th, 1960. He graduated from Fontana High School in 1978, then enlisted into the United States Air Force January 1st, 1983. While stationed in South Korea at Osan Air Base, he met Young Joo Karns, and on April 13th 1985 they were wed, and were married for 31 years. James was honorably discharged on January 1st, 1987 as a Sergeant, with both a commendation and achievement medal. In February of 1988 he had an honorary discharge from the California Air National Guard after a one-year enlistment as a Quality Control Technician with the Combat Communication Squadron. Just over a decade later, on March 30th, 1997, he welcomed his beloved daughter Kaila LaRene Karns, who was one of the most important and treasured aspects of his life. James was a devoted father, family man, and an avid adventurer. He was always on the go and enjoyed many things in life, never letting his age limit what he could or wanted to do. Since he was young, James always was out skateboarding, motorcycling, camping, skiing; anything that was outdoors and dangerous he would go out of his way to try. This never changed. He enjoyed hiking and backpacking in Peru most recently, and traveled to a great number of countries, often telling stories of his travels as he had a uniquely sharp memory that never wore down through the years. He was also an extremely kind, loving, and thoughtful man. James often went out of his way to do things for those in need, from building homes on missions in Mexico, to just helping out neighbors around town with odd jobs. He has had friends from all over the world, and everywhere he goes more seemed to come thanks to his welcoming and warm personality. James was everyone’s go-to fixer upper as he always somehow knew exactly what to do and how to go about finding a solution to a situation or problem. His neighbors fondly remember him the resident pied piper, as all the neighborhood kids flocked to him to play and to do fun activities with. He had a strong and everlasting connection to his beloved daughter Kaila as well, being her best friend, lifelong ally, and cherished father all in one. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who had the pleasure of knowing him. James is survived by his mother Barbara Karns; his lifelong partner Young Joo Karns; his daughter Kaila Karns; his sister Karen Rabone and her husband Terry, as well as many more relatives and friends. James has been preceded in death by his first daughter Christine Alex Karns, and father Robbin H. Karns Jr. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on June 28th at Green Acres Memorial Park & Mortuary in Bloomington, CA.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 28, 2018

James David Karns

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Helene Kay Altman

July 7, 2018

I am sitting here, but I don’t know what to say. Jim was such a big part of the Altman family. So many nights Jim and Bob would come over to our house. Just sit around watch television. Jim always wanted Laurel to make cheese bread, that was a snack of choice. Remember when Jim called to tell us about Youg Ju, he was so excited and happy. All of the river trips and weeks at Newport. My heart is so very sad, I just don’t understand why Jim had to leave us. My thoughts are with the family, I know there hearts are broken. Jim will be missed every day. He has left his beautiful daughter, he was so proud. He told me all about her and her modeling career I am just so very sad.

Laurel Dyer

July 6, 2018

I am so saddened to hear and learn of Jim's loss he was such a close part of my growing up. He was very much like a brother to me during my junior high and high school years had a lot of firsts with him. Jim taught me how to drive and also taught me how to drive a stick shift took me Bunny Running if anyone remembers what that is in Jurupa Hills for the first time before there were homes built there. Jim and Richie snuck me into my first nightclub so that we could go dancing, many a river and Lake Perris trip that we would go on Jim was the only one my dad would allow to take the boat out, he tried to teach me to snow ski with absolutely no luck at all and I was allowed to go to my first High School Halloween party with him and Shawn as long as Jim promised to chaperone don't really know who the chaperone was me, Jim or Shawn..... but it was a great time and a great memory still thinking of them coming over to my house to get me in their Halloween costumes. Jim spent much time at my house growing up and I also spent much time with his family, I loved his parents dearly. It is not fair he was taken from us too soon my love and prayers go out to the family,Jim you will be greatly missed and thought of often. Have a Mai Tai for me!!!

He Lin

July 5, 2018

We worked in Nortel Socal CDMA team back to year 1999.

He was a very cheerful person, always nice to everyone. The pressure from the projects were huge during the time, he has a positive attitude always.

He was a very smart person. He picked up new wireless skills so fast and became a key commissioner almost immediately .

We all knew he has a nice and beautiful daughter He was so love the girl that every of us saw her pictures

He was o proud of his daughter. He told us the store how well she was doing in the school.

I talked him a few times in pass two years when he called in requesting to shutdown/bring up sites. The last time we joked each other just two months ago.

I felt so sad we lost James. he will be remembered