James Lon Mitchell Jr.
October 7, 1933 – March 26, 2021
James L. Mitchell, Jr. (LTC, retired), age 87, of Vista, California passed away on Friday March 26, 2021. He was born October 7, 1933 in Pascagoula, Mississippi and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Vista, CA. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War in 1962 & 1967. After a 21 year career in the Army, he retired and became the Purchasing Manager for the City of Oceanside. After his second retirement from the city, he and his wife, Ann, enjoyed years of travel all of the world. His favorite place to travel was Hawaii. He loved his family, America, animals, John Wayne and Star Trek. James was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Lenora Ann Mitchell. He is survived by his daughter Jamie Ruth Bosenberg; daughter Marda M. Vaughn and son-in law Stephen Vaughn; grandson Sean Sampson; grandson Erick Sampson, grandson Riley Sampson, granddaughter Brianna Sampson, grandson Mitchell Vaughn, and grandson Jeremy Vaughn. He is also survived by granddaughter-in-laws Kayla Sampson, Denise Sampson, Mackenzie Vaughn and Emily Vaughn. He is also survived by great grandson Weston Sampson, great grandson Jones Sampson, great granddaughter Rhyland Sampson, great granddaughter Molly Vaughn; sister-in-law Jenny Sue Snyder and brother-in-law Jimmy Snyder; niece Michelle Williams; and niece Valerie Hobbs, as well as great nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life for James will be held at Eternal Hills Mortuary 1999 El Camino Real, Oceanside, California 92054.
A reception will occur Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM at the family home at 198 Mar Vista Drive, Vista, California 92083.
Eternal Hills Memorial Park
James Lon Mitchell Jr.
April 19, 2021
I feel so blessed to have met Grandpa Mitchell on several occasions. You could see that he loved his family and his country. Have a great memory of having diner with him and the Vaughn’s at wood ranch for Jeremy’s birthday. He loved scotch on rocks in a small glass, or at least he did that night. What stories he told the kids about his military experience. He was a good old America, authentic as they come. He will be missed but will live on in each of his family members hearts. He is dancing with Grandma Ann in heaven tonight.