James "Jim" Marshall Willmore

May 8, 1956October 6, 2019

James 'Jim' Marshall Willmore passed away Sunday, October 6th while out riding on the Old Pro's 50-Mile Track, training for what he loves. He was born May 8th, 1956 to Betty and Jim Willmore in Madison Wisconsin and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Jim moved to San Diego California in 1984 where he began working in Telecommunications at Northern Telecom. After a brief career with AMCC, Jim spent the last 21 years as an innovative Product Engineer at Qualcomm where his co-workers inspired him to immerse himself in an active lifestyle of running and cycling.

Jim began running in his late 30's and embraced the culture wholeheartedly, completing 10 marathons by the age of 40. He supported the San Diego Rock 'N Roll Marathon since its inception and placed first in his age group repeatedly. In true Jim Willmore fashion, his enthusiasm grew to include Triathlons and motivating others to share his passions, even running his 35th marathon with his sister, Tracy Punsel, at the Madison Mad City Marathon. During his athletic career he qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon on three occasions, including the 100th anniversary in 1996 where he met his wife Lorraine 'Lori' Willmore through extraordinary circumstances of fate.

Jim and Lori lived life with few boundaries, and fully in the present. Their insatiable curiosity led them on numerous adventures throughout the United States and Europe, enjoying every sip and morsel along the way. Not only did Jim express enthusiasm for travel, but he was an avid history buff with a thirst for continuous knowledge that he animatedly shared with all. Jim's zest for life was enriched by his insurmountable love for his family.

Jim expressed a great sense of pride and joy in his only son, Travis, and treasured the bond they shared. Travis and his wife Angie have two beautiful children, to whom Jim delighted in being a doting grandfather. Anyone who knew Jim, knew that he was not just any father, son, husband, or grandfather, but someone who poured love and positive energy into every aspect of his life, as well as ours.

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine

A charitable donation can be made in Jim's honor to one of his favorite historical sites, USS Midway.


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Rohan Gupte

October 14, 2019

My first meeting with Jim was during my interview with Qualcomm as a new college grad, 18 years ago. It was my last interview of a long day. But that 45 minute conversation changed my life. I left that day feeling invigorated and ready to take on the world - Jim could have that effect on people! He was the main reason I joined Qualcomm. Jim not only shaped my career, but most importantly, my life. You could have the simplest conversations with him and always walk away having learnt something. As I write this, I feel sad, having lost a friend and mentor and will always cherish his countless memories. May he rest in peace.

I will miss you Jim!

Alan Street

October 13, 2019

I worked with Jim during our time at Qualcomm, most memorably as part of the team that opened the TCE/FA group in Singapore. With Jim, the glass was always well on its way to overflowing. He personified the word "positive." My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Kaushik RC

October 12, 2019

There are some who stay indifferent even after years of association and then there was JIM who could make you his own within 30 mins. I was fortunate to be interviewed by him and was one of the reasons I joined QCOM. That will forever remain an important milestone in my professional career. His energy, passion and zeal to keep improving was contagious. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him early on the Automotive projects. The experience shaped my views on relation building and tackling challenges as a team. It's still a shock, the presence may be lost but the legacy will live on!

No words help but my sincere condolences to the family. May they get comfort in realizing the IMPACT that Jim had as a person.

Basavaraj(Raj) Patted

October 12, 2019

Jim ! The great personality & great human being on earth I have ever met, he inspired, helped many people in and out side of Qualcomm. Always smiling and encouraging people at work.

Tao Bu

October 12, 2019

Jim's departure is really a very heartbreaking and sad news, and it is still hard to believe that he is no longer there. In the past years, Jim has given me and the Shanghai team much help. He used his enthusiasm, optimism and tolerance to always infect and inspire us. He is our good mentor, lead and friend. We really appreciate all his help. In this extremely painful moment, everything is hard to express in words. May Jim rest in peace and wish his family mourn and peace.


Michael Abdallah

October 11, 2019

We had the pleasure of meeting Jim around eight years ago when our children decided to get married and we Immediately knew that our daughter chose a great family. We got to know Jim as a very positive and generous person with lots of patience. He was always respected by everyone. His enthusiasm and warmth were very strong. He was optimistic, respectful, intelligent, and kind and always had that big smile on his face. He loved his family, his work, and the outdoors. He had a close relationship with his son Travis and he was a fantastic grandfather. Our grand kids will miss him deeply. He visited them quiet often and he used to spend hours on the floor playing with them. I know Jim’s absence was very sudden and unexpected and will leave a hole in our hearts, but he also leaves us with a legacy of wonderful memories that will endure so that he will always be with us.
We hope that when our own time comes, we are in a happy and complete place as Jim was.
Jim we know you're in a better place right now. Rest In Peace and know that your son and grand kids will be taken care of and that your memory will be kept alive.
Mike & Susie

Grace Tan

October 11, 2019

Very shocked and sad to hear the bad news that Jim left us... It's difficult for me to believe this is true as I just had 1:1 with Jim in his WT office on 26 Sept. He was so encouraging and inspiring to me and my team that I will never forget. And when 1:1 ends, I told him his office is the most beautiful office that I ever seen, he was so happy and very proudly told me that his wife decorated it for him, also showed me his wife and his grand children's photos from his table, with full of love in his eyes and voices... such a gentle and great man you are, Jim!

We will cherish all the memories with you, Jim, may your soul Rest In Peace, you will live in our hearts forever.

Kristine Coughlin

October 11, 2019

My kids called him Uncle Jim, and he was the fun uncle everyone needs in their life. So many memories, but the photo speaks volumes of who he was...roller skating for a then 9 year old Shea's birthday party. He'd always say, "this is great." He and Lori visited us many times up in Sacramento county when we moved 10 years ago. Lots of fun times in San Francisco. He was always so calm and positive, such a joy to be around. I am sure he brought his own special brand of Aloha wherever he is.

Trevor Hughes

October 11, 2019

Lori and I have been friends for over 30 years, and through her I have met Jim many times. My experience was that he was a thoroughly wonderful man, thoughtful, kind and patient, always ready with a beaming smile, a curious question, and a willingness to laugh. I really enjoyed my many and various conversations with him, about life, technology, or the world in general, and typically came away from them feeling both enriched and fulfilled.

As almost everyone knew, Jim loved to bike and run, with a quiet, fervent intensity that seemed other-worldly to me, as though he were transported into a different dimension. I saw him run in a race once, and though we cheered him wildly along the course as he passed us, he only briefly interrupted his concentration to smile and wave at us, before continuing his run with a singular focus.

He was also a devoted, sweet husband to Lori, always tolerant, never selfish, and loved & treated her like a queen. I also know he meant the world to her, and she loved him back just as deeply. For my friend Lori I feel a deep sadness and shock at her tragic loss.

Jim was truly the kind of man that we could all use many more of in our lives. Indeed, if we were all a little more like Jim the world would be a much, much better place. I'll miss him.

Rest in peace, Jim. Your friend,


Jeremiah Golston

October 11, 2019

Jim was one of the most positive people that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with. His can-do spirit was infectious and a great inspiration to all of us. We were truly blessed to have him as our automotive PTE lead. He played a major role in enabling Qualcomm to build a strong business in automotive.