Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home

1490 B Street, Merced, CA


Jimmie Duane Mitchell

January 22, 1937September 29, 2019

Jimmie Duane Mitchell was born January 22nd, 1937 to Obie and Marie Mitchell in Frederick, Oklahoma and died September 29, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Jimmie moved to Planada, CA in 1942 and gradated from Le Grande High School where he met and married his childhood sweetheart Lola Watts. They were married in 1955 and had two sons. He worked for Merced County Juvenile Hall and Road Department for 20 years. He then worked in Real Estate and was a lab courier before retiring in 2001. Jimmie enjoyed hunting, fishing, softball and bowling and was an avid horseman. He was an active member of Community of Christ until 2000 and then Christen Life Center where he was an active elder. He was assistant scout leader for boy scouts, and cub scouts, and baseball coach when his boys were young. His generosity knew no bounds. Jimmie is preceded in death by his dad Obie, mom Marie, and sister Jackie Sutter. He is survived by his wife Lola, sister Carol (Jerry) Freisen, sons Duane (Karlene) and Gerry (Sandy), grandchildren Sarah (Stephen) and Jacob Mitchell, Sandy Baker and great grandchildren Patricia and Gabriel. A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 7, 2019 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Christian Life Center located at 650 East Olive Avenue, Merced, California 95340. Interment will follow at Merced District Cemetery located at 1300 B Street, Merced, California 95341. Reception to follow.


  • Zoe Fultz
  • Henry Fultz
  • Steve Hefner
  • Jimi Watts
  • Matthew Cochran
  • Raymond Lee


  • Funeral Service Monday, October 7, 2019


Jimmie Duane Mitchell

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Amanda Butler

October 4, 2019

Grandpa Jim took me bike riding one Saturday, a few years ago. He rode his bike a lot. I ran, and figured I could keep up with him easily. Boy was I wrong. I think we rode about 15 miles and after wards I was sore for days. Jim on the other hand, was just fine since this was just a stroll for him. I loved that time with him. He was an amazing man.