James A. Walden

Feb 7, 1957 - Aug 30, 2022


James, Jimmy, Jim, Walden was raised by his Mother Dixie, and Dad Vernon Walden; the family increased to include his sisters Rene’ and Dianne. After Vernon’s passing from cancer Jim’s mother remarried his father Jack Reece and for a short time the father and son were united until his father’s passing in a tragic accident. The family, Dixie, Jim, Rene’, and Dianne, were close and when Dixie married Dean we accepted him, and he us. Dean had been introduced to Dixie by her former brother-in-law, he would become the Dad and Grandfather any family would be lucky and honored to be a part of.
Jimmy’s “Dash”:
Jimmy was built with fists and strength like Popeye, he was also mischievous and compassionate. An avid swimmer, an Aquarius, a fish in water, mastering all the basics; he was a natural at the butterfly stroke a thing of beauty and amazement. He earned his Red Cross Life Saving Certificate at the young age of 14, if not before. Put a ski on him and he would ski up and down and all around Folsom Lake, then when we parked for a picnic he would swim across the smallish cove that was one of our family favorites. The pool table in the garage was the center of many days full of fun for friends from near and far including cousin Dorene. We all learned how to play pool and became pretty good over the years. We also learned to appreciate our parents’ love of music a special gift from Mom and Dad. Although Jim did not graduate from Luther Burbank while he was there he left a lasting impression by setting the record for extension pushups.
Jim married Sandi in 1990 and in September 1991 they became the proud parents of Kirsty born the day before her twin brother Jackson, separated by 45 minutes. Today Kirsty and Tim are the proud parents of Rylee who is celebrating her first birthday this month, born on her Uncle Jackson’s birthday.
It would take much research to fill in all of the blanks in his life; but working on the oil and natural gas rigs up and down the state, a few years with Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 162 apprentice program when he earned his GED, sometime hanging drywall, and his running the shear on the excavator for Dean’s Tire Recycling business would be the highlights. He took pride in his appearance and his ability to improvise and make due in a MacGyver kind of way as demonstrated by his setup for cooking a turkey over a wood fire. The early inspiration probably came from spending time with Grandpa Walden in his garage with his super modified race car. Jim’s role as the family Santa was cherished by friends and family. How often does Santa have his Grandparents, Brother-in-law, sisters, Mom, Dad, own children, as well as many others, sit on his lap? You can see in the pictures the delight Jim took in being our Santa. He also loved riding his Harley.
James was born February 7, 1957 in Sacramento California and passed August 30, 2022 in Sacramento, California. Born and raised in the valley, delta, and the mountains, of the great state of California that he loved. Jim’s favorites included The Desolation Wilderness especially Gerle Creek, The Delta river roads, Rio Vista, and Quincy. He was a resident of Wilton, California.
James Walden was loved and will be dearly missed by his family and many lifelong friends that go back to early grade school; including a childhood friend that became his brother-in-law Clint.
James is survived by his daughter Kirsty, and grand-daughter Rylee, wife Sandi, loyal and loving dog Sam, mother Dixie, and sisters Rene’ and Dianne. James was preceded in death by his son Jackson, his step-father Dean, his father Jack, and his Dad Vernon.

A Memorial Service will be held at East Lawn Elk Grove Chapel, 9189 East Stockton Blvd.

Elk Grove, Ca. 95624

Friday 9/23/22 10 Am


  • Dixie Lester says:


  • Pmela says:

    Heartfelt Love & Condolences 💐
    ❤️ Pam

  • Jayne Sonognini says:

    Jimmy was like a brother to me growing up. I’ll never forget his smile. So sorry for your loss. Love and prayers
    Jayne Sonognini

  • Colleen Gilchrist Stellwagen says:

    I remember Jimmy as a young man who was so much fun and always brought a smile to my face!

    Deepest sympathy to the Walden family may god give you peace and comfort !

  • Lisa Mann says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love and hugs during this difficult time.

  • Kym lawrence says:

    What a wonderful poem! So sorry to hear the news jimmy will be missed . Saying prayers for the family!

  • Kevin Settje says:

    Jimmy was a Brother to all his friends and I am blessed to be able to call him a Brother. Hugs and prayers to all of his family. I will be out of town but my thoughts and prayers will be with you all. RIP.

  • Mindy Castro says:

    Well there is so much I can say about Walden well Jim. He was one of my oldest and dearest friend. Jim always could make me smile. He nicked named me smiley. Jim had a heart of gold if you needed help Jim did even when he wasn’t feeling good he wanted to help. I miss you Walden. Rest In Peace my friend tell we meet again. I bet you and Jim, Russ and all them are giving heaven some hell. Lol love you always Mindy

  • Marlene Carter says:

    So sorry for your loss prayers for your family. RIP James

  • Nikki Cooper says:


    You are missed ~

    Hug Jackson for me…


  • Ashley says:

    Walden you were such a big part of mine and my families life, you were like a second dad or God father to me growing up, there was never a family event, bdays, memorials/vigils, gender reveal and baby shower you weren’t at, my kids love you as much as I do and we will never forget all the laughter and cheering us up you did for us…. we love and miss you so much and always will…watch over my daughter Ashlynn up there for me and tell everyone there with you hi for me

  • Wilbert DeHerrera and family says:

    RIP my friend. You will be missed!

  • Alan J Dias says:

    You will be missed my dear childhood friend. I loved your kind heart.

  • Tony Schmierer says:

    Jimmy and I have been the best of friends for some 35 years from the gas rigs to drilling rigs or to somebody’s garage drinking beer telling stories and working on cars trying to build the perfect rig ride. I was there when his children were born and I was there when he buried his son. I will definitely miss him his since of humor and his friendship. Rest in peace my brother

  • Rene' Walden-Qualls says:

    Thank you dear friends and family for your sympathy and stories as our family mourns the loss of our dear brother, son, dad, nephew, uncle, cousin… I have decided he will always be right there over my shoulder, he is in great company 🙂 Rest in Peace James, Jimmy, Jim Walden

  • Rene' Walden-Qualls says:

    And of course his brother-in-laws…

  • Jakes says:

    Walden I love you brother an will miss you glad we got to have all the great times we had and I’m thankful we told each other that we loved each other the last few times we talked!!!!

  • Tim Klose says:

    Sandi and Family,I am sorry for your loss.Jim was a friend to me and my two brothers from a long time ago.RIP
    Tim Klose

  • Clinton Qualls Jr says:

    Walden thanks for bringing Rene and I together, I’m going to miss that dam Thanksgiving bird out on the spit, spending all day keeping the fire going and watching you turn that bird, and dam Jim you can cook one dam good tasting bird. I really had a greet time taking putts with you bro, matter of fact I’m going to miss having you on the road with us. So brother every time I go for a putt and have the wind in my face I’ll think of you and all the good times. So Bro your on that final ride to that great highway in the sky so keep the wind in you face and enjoy the ride. Every once in a while look over you shoulder, just might see me coming up on your six, not for awhile I hope. love you Bro.

  • Dorene Jacobs says:

    I don’t even have the words. Anyone who knows me would say that’s a first! I will love and think of him always. My daughter, Michaela, was born on his birthday and he made her pay him monopoly money for landing on his space! Love you always Walden!

  • Rhonda says:

    Walden, I love hearing the wild stories about you and Jake and all your shenanigans. Rest easy my friend!

  • Margaret says:

    Amazing video tribute. Well done.
    RIP Jim.

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