John Richard "J.R." Coleman, of Crescent City, passed away Aug. 13, 2008, at his home following a two-decade battle with cancer. He was 81.
A memorial potluck will be held at 3 p.m., Aug. 23 at the Del Norte Senior Center, 1765 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City.
J.R. was born June 1, 1927, to John Wesley and Margaret (Doan) Coleman in New Jersey, where he was raised and educated.
During WWII, he served honorably in the U.S. Navy.
He never married, and devoted himself to the care of his elderly mother until her death at the age of 95.
J.R. worked as an aircraft inspector for 28 years on the East and West coasts. He was also a pilot.
He vacationed in California, fell in love with the state and moved to Venice, where he lived until moving to Crescent City in 2004.
He liked to hike, and had done so extensively in Yosemite and wherever he lived. He was able to hike locally until April of this year.
He was a minimalist, and found satisfaction and enjoyment in keeping his surroundings and possessions as simple and carefree as possible.
J.R. was passionate about photography, and had a photo published in the book "Tranquil Visions." He frequently donated photographic works of art to the Del Norte County Senior Center nutrition program.
He leaves behind a sister, Margery Pray of Mapleshade, N.J.; a cousin, Carol Bonnaci of Anderson, S.C.; and many friends at the Del Norte Senior Center.
Memorials may be made to the Del Norte Senior Nutrition Program
Cremation is under the direction of Redwood Memorial Care Funeral Home of Crescent City. Mr. Coleman's ashes will be committed to sea at a later date by the U.S. Coast Guard.