James Hughes Wyatt
January 4, 1945 – June 3, 2018
Celebrating the life of James H. Wyatt. 1/4/45 – 6/3/18 Born on January 4 1945 in Oakland, Ca., to Donald, and Louise Wyatt, James was the first of 3 children. James graduated from Oakland High School in 1962, and attended Hayward State College. After serving in the National Guard, he was married to Lynne A. Gallaher-Wyatt in 1967 until deceased. James worked for Southern Pacific/ Union Pacific Railroad beginning in 1972, serving 34 years as a conductor. During which time James was a devoted husband, father, avid fisherman, fishing rod builder, and Union Officer. After moving to Lincoln, Ca. in 2003, and retiring in 2006, James enjoyed travelling, reading, gardening, and being an active member in local senior softball leagues. James is survived by his wife Lynne, son Eric J. Wyatt, and brothers Jonathan and Donald Jr.
James Hughes Wyatt
June 13, 2018
Jim was my next door neighbor and the first person who greeted me when I moved in. He was a wealth of information about projects around the yard - everything from fence repairs to fending off varmints. Most evenings over the fence I'd see his hat and headphones moving around his yard spraying or trimming. During the day I'd see him load up his car with baseball supplies and take off with a little wave as he drove by. I will miss him.
June 11, 2018
As a childhood friend of Eric, I have fond memories hanging out with Jim and Lynne either at their house in Oakland or the beach house they rented every year in Santa Cruz. He loved fishing and enjoyed walking Eric and I through his process. Every time I see someone reeling in a fish I think of Jim saying to us, “pull up and reel down!” I was also so fascinated by the rods he could create in his backyard workshop. They were legendary. Jim was one of those down-to-earth dads who always made good company and that’s what I’ll remember about him the most.
June 10, 2018
I could not have asked for a better father-in-law. Accepted by him from the get go, I think we shared a lot of the same sensibilities. His sense of humor was clever and often dry, my favorite kind. He was helpful and handy and practical but somehow still had a relaxed attitude. He was incredibly approachable, he could meet anyone where they were at. I will truly miss him.
Don (Skip) Wyatt
June 9, 2018
My brother Jim was a man of devotions. Whatever he chose; wife, son, gardens, rods, softball, running, fishing, or leading, he devoted himself to things 110%. He enjoyed simple things although he knew of many elaborate things. Fiery and fierce, he would have your back in any fight and take on any foe. He was a hero in my child's eye, and will remain so in my heart. Goodbye for now.
June 8, 2018
Jim was a great brother, a great friend, a great guy. He led a life worth celebrating and I am forever grateful. From picking peaches on Lake Ave. and camping in the Trinity Alps as kids to "The white shirt" of Brussels to waiting for a bus in Providence to talks on the phone, my memories of Jim are happy, thought provoking and sustaining. Lynne and Eric, we love you.