James Arthur Hooper
July 6, 1935 – October 11, 2020
Jim passed away peacefully into the Lord’s presence on October 11, 2020 surrounded by family. Born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1935 to Willis Hooper and Edith Hooper Piot, Jim was an only child. At an early age he exhibited a tremendous talent and interest in music. He excelled at playing the tuba. After graduating from San Fernando High School and attending college, Jim pursued his passion for music by entering the Navy School of Music. He became a member of the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland. While there Jim met his wife,Joan, married, and was stationed in Annapolis for the remainder of his naval career. While in Annapolis, Jim continued to pursue spiritual truths and it was there he was led to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Friends and fellowship were cultivated that lasted a lifetime. Jim retired from the Navy in 1976 as a Chief Petty Officer after serving his country for 22 years. He moved his family to Poway, California. For several years, Jim was a machinist and enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. He liked friendly competition and reveled in winning ping pong, tennis, badminton, and squash matches. Jim continued to follow his passion for music and played his tuba in numerous venues including Pomerado Community Band, brass ensembles, Emmanuel Faith Church Orchestra, Dixieland bands, and was tuba section leader in the Coastal Communities Concert Band for numerous years. He loved classical music with a nod to Tchaikovsky and of course the marches of John Philip Sousa, “Stars and Stripes Forever!” Jim and Joan were blessed with four children - Jennifer, Julie, Jonathon, and Jim Jr. (Take note Jim and Joan liked names starting with J!) As “Dad” would often say when answering the phone, “Grand Central Station!” The Hooper House was always filled with antics and the six grandchildren - Anneliese, Daniel, Ariana, Rachel, Nicholas, and Max, brought more escapades with love and laughter to Jim and Joan. As a person, Jim was known for his kind gestures. He used his gift of helping others and could find novel ways to fix broken items. He also would speak to broken people, and share his story of God finding him in the midst of helplessness. Jim had a quiet and reflective soul. He was humble in demeanor and extended kindness to those with special needs. Please find Jim’s obituary on www.miramarmemorialservices and share your thoughts or memories with our family. Contributions in Jim’s memory may be made via check to: Coastal Communities Concert Band for the Caneva Scholarship Fund. Mail to: Lucy Zizka, CCCB 263 28th Street Del Mar, CA 92014-2019
Monday, November 2, 2020
James Arthur Hooper
November 4, 2020
Our family holds so many wonderful memories of Poppop - his tuba concerts, his humor, his helpfulness.
One of my favorite memories of Poppop was at my High School Graduation. Nana and him were able to sit on the high school track just 6-8 feet away from where we all paraded out prior to sitting down for the ceremony. As I walked past them, Poppop's smile was huge as he was blowing bubbles - the joy he exuberated is a memory I'll keep. It was very special to have Nana and Poppop there!
I've been very lucky to have a grandfather whom taught us about the Lord. I will miss him being around, especially during the Holidays (he was always sneaking cookies), but know he is thriving with his Savior in heaven!
November 3, 2020
Last holiday season, I had the wonderful opportunity to sing a few hymns and Christmas carols for Jim (and Joan and Jonathon!) in the comfort of his home as Jennifer played melodies on the keyboard. I will never forget meeting him for the first time that afternoon — the very first words that left my lips were, “He’s so handsome!”
I’m thankful the Lord gave us that time together. God seemed to know that would be the first and last time I would ever see Jim, because He was able to bring us together through something we both seem to enjoy: music!