Keaton’s Mortuary

1022 E Street, San Rafael, CA


James Francis Grant

August 7, 1927July 18, 2019

James Francis Grant, 91, of San Rafael and Little River passed away peacefully on July 18, 2019, at his home. He was born in San Francisco, California, on August 7, 1927, and grew up in Vallejo with his three sisters. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army and served in Korea after the end of World War II. Upon returning home, he enrolled at San Jose State College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. While at San Jose State, he joined the ROTC program and ran on the Spartan track team under the legendary track and field coach Bud Winter. He then served in the National Guard as a lieutenant providing instruction for the military police at Fort Baker in Sausalito.

Jim married Jan Angela Price on September 8, 1956, in Jan’s hometown of Omak, Washington. Jim and Jan lived in San Rafael and had the first of six children in July of 1957. He worked for New York Life Insurance Company for twenty four years as a life insurance agent. Upon retiring from the insurance business, he worked as an executive recruiter for a few years. At the age of 59, Jim became a correctional officer and worked for the remainder of his career at San Quentin State Prison. He retired from the California Department of Corrections after 20 years, just short of his 80th birthday.

Jim loved to go camping with the family, help out with the Boy Scouts (he had five boys after all), and spend time with his family in Mendocino. He also loved to go swimming, often times doing laps in the Bay and racing in the Alcatraz and Golden Gate swims. Jim also loved long distance running, competing in the Dipsea Race numerous times, including one time with all five sons (with his youngest, Bruce, coming in first among all six). He also ran the Bay to Breakers race numerous times with some of his sons in the days before the race became a costume parade. Even into his late 70’s, Jim was an active athlete, participating in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and the New Year’s Day Alcatraz swims numerous times while a member of the Dolphin Club in San Francisco.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Grace Grant, and sisters Jeanne Rossi, Virginia Lee Peck, and Carol Grant. He is survived by his wife Jan, children Stephen (Suzette), Brian (Julie), Jeffrey (Susan), Audrey Meyer (Bill Meyer), Paul (Julie), and Bruce (Mie), twelve grandchildren (thirteenth grandchild expected in November), and one great grandchild.

Jim, Dad, and Papa was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His sense of humor, endless storytelling, love of nature and his family, as well as his positive attitude will be greatly missed.

Memorial services will be held at noon on August 10th at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Mendocino, California.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory can be made to either Hospice by the Bay, 17 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Larkspur, CA 94939 or Dolphin Club San Francisco, 502 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109.

The family would also like to thank Hospice by the Bay and his caregiver Luisa for their kind and caring support.  


  • Hospice by the Bay
  • Dolphin Club San Francisco


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 10, 2019


James Francis Grant

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Rusty Berger

August 5, 2019

Had a lot of scouting memories with Jim. Lake Pillsbury comes to mind. We weren't supposed to go there; but, that's where we ended up in February. Rather cold as I remember.

I also have memories of him stopping by every once in awhile for a quick chat. I'm going to miss that.

Good memories.

Love and condolences to the family

Rusty and Mickey Berger

Elisabeth Widman

August 4, 2019

We were honored to know Jim Grant for so many years in our Family Medicine Practice. He was an amazing man, always sharing family and life memories and showing photos of his Mendocino home , family members and always a photo of wife Jan and him when they were just married. He was a person who embraced life and all that came with raising 6 children. I did not know him as a young man but that energy and excitement was part of his soul always. Sending love to his family today, we loved him and he was loved and that is what is most important in life.

Danice Rosenbohm

August 4, 2019

Condolences to the Grant family. My father, Donald “Mike” Pryor, was Jim’s cousin.