OBITUARY

James Lynn Henderson

October 9, 1961June 11, 2018
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James “T-Bone” Henderson, 56, of Rancho Cucamonga, California passed away with his family by his side on June 11, 2018 to be with the Lord after a brave battle with cancer. He was born in Montebello, California in 1961 and from day one lived a rich and full life. Jim went on to enjoy a long and successful career in the construction field. He began his career as a carpenter and worked his way up to a building inspector, and ultimately the associate manager of construction in the Department of Design and Construction at the University of California, Irvine. Jim considered his time at UCI among the best years of his life and cherished all he accomplished and all those that he had the pleasure to work alongside with. He worked at UCI for the last 23 years; retiring in December 2017. Had it been his choice, he would have worked another 23 years with a smile on his face and a joke at the ready.

Jim’s passions and talents were many. He was a true sports lover of all sorts; including being an avid basketball player, golfer, poker player, horse race enthusiast, and even enjoyed sky diving. Golf was by far his favorite sport in recent years, where he was always trying to recreate his famous “hole in 1” that he had several years ago. He especially loved rooting for his teams: the Dallas Cowboys, the L.A. Dodgers, and Lakers. Along with his passion for sports, Jim also loved all types of music from country to rock. Attending concerts were common throughout his life, but he particularly enjoyed taking his family to concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

Jim was blessed with a dynamic personality and made friends with all those he met, partly because he was quite the jokester but in addition to his great sense of humor, Jim sincerely cared for and about others. Jim had a genuine zest for life and never wanted to leave anyone behind, rather he preferred to include and build others up!

A true family man, Jim loved and adored his family more than anything. Jim is survived by his mother, Virginia Henderson, and is now reunited in Heaven with his father, Thomas Henderson. Jim is also survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Diane Henderson; his children Neil Larsen, son, Julie Larsen, daughter, Janet Larsen, daughter, Anthony Rodelo, son-in-law, Michelle Patterson, daughter, Brandon Patterson, son-in-law; his siblings: Tommy Henderson; brother, Tammy Graven, sister, Danny Henderson, brother; his grandchildren: Carter Patterson, grandson; Annabelle Rodelo, granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews, additional family, and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Eternal Hills Mortuary Chapel in Oceanside, CA on June 22, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., with Pastor Joe Cole. Followed by burial at Eternal Hills Memorial Park at 1:15 p.m. The family would like to express gratitude for the caring services provided by Kaiser Hospice of the Inland Empire.

  • FAMILY

  • Thomas Henderson, Father
  • Virginia Mae Henderson, Mother
  • Diane Rose Henderson, Wife
  • Neil Larsen, Son
  • Julie Larsen, Daughter
  • Janet Larsen, Daughter
  • Michelle Patterson, Daughter
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Neil Larsen, Active Pallbearer
  • Anthony Rodelo, Active Pallbearer
  • Brandon Patterson, Active Pallbearer
  • Jeff Stewart, Active Pallbearer
  • Mike Kreuzer, Active Pallbearer
  • Willie Robinson, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Gutierez, Active Pallbearer
  • David Brand, Active Pallbearer

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Viewing Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 22, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Reception
REMEMBERING

James Lynn Henderson

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Sabrina Kreuzer

June 17, 2018

Jim always joked around for years how I was his favorite niece; as much as I wanted to tease him back about him being my favorite uncle, part of me always knew that it wasn’t just a joke. It was the truth. I remember having such a special bond with him as a child; he and my aunt became two of my most beloved family members- almost like a second pair of parents. I knew that they would always show me love, support, and joy. I always got that around them. Especially from Jim. Not only did his pranks and jokes keep me laughing, but he also ended up being such a savior for my family. He always came to the rescue when things got rough. (I’m eternally grateful for his help moving me out of my exes home during a very difficult time in my life.) He was such a generous man to his family and friends.
I’ll miss his generosity, and the way he took us all under his wing. I’ll miss his humor, especially when he joined in with the laughter.
God, I’ll miss his laughter, and the silly things he said that would make someone think, “that’s classic Jimmy, alright.”
He was such a unique and one-of-a-kind souls. And those who were so lucky to have known him know that he’s irreplaceable in every sense. As a friend, as a coworker, as a brother, a father, an uncle, as a husband. We all have to find a way to go on without his presence, but we don’t have to go on without our memories of him. I will hold these past 24 years I knew him so close to my heart.
I love you, and I’ll see you again, uncle Jim. Rest now and find peace.

Robert Fritch

June 16, 2018

Eric Butterworth in his book by the same title declares “YOU make the difference in your life “and Jim made a difference in all our lives. Jim was always the one person I could turn to in a stressful situation. He could find humor and solutions to the most difficult problems. Over the years I appreciated his loyalty and support in carrying out some very trying transitions in our department at the University. Jim’s flexibility in communicating with contractors, administration staff, and faculty was invaluable in effecting solutions to the many complications associated with campus construction.
In the past ten years Jim and I became close friends. His love and pride of his family was a regular topic of our conversations. We also enjoyed many recreational outings, primarily centered on golf. Jim could make the most horrible round of golf a wonderful experience. His sense of humor and self-depreciation brought a smile to the most disgruntled and reluctant face. (his favorite self-description “The big round pound of sound”)
I am so saddened that Jim had to go through the last few months in so much pain. It does not seem fair that a person who brought so much happiness to others had to endure such suffering. However, he is at peace now, and I know he will always be a part of me. I draw upon classic literature in times of sorrow, and in one of these collections, Kahili Gabon’s’ book, “The Prophet” I paraphrase:
“When you are sorrowful, look again into your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight”
Rest peacefully Jimmy, I will always miss you

Melissa Falkenstien

June 15, 2018

Extremely bright, charismatic family man that made UCI a better place. I miss you, Jim.

Stacey Rose

June 15, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Jim at UCI. He was always the kindest, most helpful colleague. He was taken far too young, I will miss Jim. Sending positive healing thoughts to the family during this difficult time.
-Stacey Rose

FROM THE FAMILY

Jim in the summer of 2017

FROM THE FAMILY

Newborn baby James, 1 day old

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Tiny tot Jamie!

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Jim was a blondie!

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Jim in his early adulthood

FROM THE FAMILY

Jim as a young father with Michelle

Biography

James “T-Bone” Henderson, 56, of Rancho Cucamonga, California passed away with his family by his side on June 11, 2018 to be with the Lord after a brave battle with cancer. He was born in Montebello, California in 1961 and from day one lived a rich and full life. Jim went on to enjoy a long and successful career in the construction field. He began his career as a carpenter and worked his way up to a building inspector, and ultimately the associate manager of construction in the Department of Design and Construction at the University of California, Irvine. Jim considered his time at UCI among the best years of his life and cherished all he accomplished and all those that he had the pleasure to work alongside with. He worked at UCI for the last 23 years; retiring in December 2017. Had it been his choice, he would have worked another 23 years with a smile on his face and a joke at the ready.

Jim’s passions and talents were many. He was a true sports lover of all sorts; including being an avid basketball player, golfer, poker player, horse race enthusiast, and even enjoyed sky diving. Golf was by far his favorite sport in recent years, where he was always trying to recreate his famous “hole in 1” that he had several years ago. He especially loved rooting for his teams: the Dallas Cowboys, the L.A. Dodgers, and Lakers. Along with his passion for sports, Jim also loved all types of music from country to rock. Attending concerts were common throughout his life, but he particularly enjoyed taking his family to concerts at the Hollywood Bowl.

Jim was blessed with a dynamic personality and made friends with all those he met, partly because he was quite the jokester but in addition to his great sense of humor, Jim sincerely cared for and about others. Jim had a genuine zest for life and never wanted to leave anyone behind, rather he preferred to include and build others up!

A true family man, Jim loved and adored his family more than anything. Jim is survived by his mother, Virginia Henderson, and is now reunited in Heaven with his father, Thomas Henderson. Jim is also survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Diane Henderson; his children Neil Larsen, son, Julie Larsen, daughter, Janet Larsen, daughter, Anthony Rodelo, son-in-law, Michelle Patterson, daughter, Brandon Patterson, son-in-law; his siblings: Tommy Henderson; brother, Tammy Graven, sister, Danny Henderson, brother; his grandchildren: Carter Patterson, grandson; Annabelle Rodelo, granddaughter; and many nieces, nephews, additional family, and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Eternal Hills Mortuary Chapel in Oceanside, CA on June 22, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., with Pastor Joe Cole. Followed by burial at Eternal Hills Memorial Park at 1:15 p.m.
The family would like to express gratitude for the caring services provided by Kaiser Hospice of the Inland Empire.