Obituary: James Arnold Flood

James Arnold Flood

A memorial service for James Arnold Flood of Exeter, Calif. will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 420 Sequoia Drive in Exeter, Calif. He peacefully passed away on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at his home, in Exeter at the age of 76.

James, lovingly known as Jim, was born on Nov. 8, 1940 in Tulare, Calif. to Mary Anna Winters and Clyde Flood. He made his life in Exeter, graduating from Exeter High School in 1958. After high school, Jim was taken under the wing of Jasper Rutherford and worked for Exeter Cold Storage for many years. His girls remember many forklift rides on 2nd Street with their daddy. He followed that by working for Workman Enterprises. His final place of employment was for Blain Farms. A dedicated and hard working man, he continued at Blain Farms until the age of 74.

Jim loved the outdoors. Hunting, fishing and camping were some of his favorite pastimes. In his younger days, camping with dad were some of his girl’s fondest memories. Deer hunting with his friends was always an enjoyable time for him. His love of outdoors lives on through his family.

He was a devoted father whose presence cannot be replaced. Jim spent many hours at horse shows or watching sporting events of his three girls. His girls fondly remember the many hours spent rebuilding horse corrals, driving to horse shows, or seeing him the stands cheering them on.

Then came the irreplaceable joy he found in his grandchildren. They were the light of his life as much as he was a pillar of light in their life. He was able to be present for all of his grandkids births. He didn’t miss an event that they were involved in. Grandpa/Pa Aw Jim was so proud of all their accomplishments. To his grandkids he is a strong, loving beacon that will be dearly missed.

Jim will always be remembered as unconditionally loving, honorable, generous and a devoted dad, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. His love for his family was endless, his advice was non-judgmental and gracious, and he always had a joke to make you laugh. Jim will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Anna (Winters) Luck; his father, Clyde Flood; and a son, Christopher Flood.

He is survived by his daughter, Whitney Nevels, husband, Chuck and their daughter, Maddy Rose; his daughter Amy Arevalo, husband, Paul, and their children, Tyler & Isabella Mello and Kade Arevalo; his daughter, Katy Flood, and her children, Kiley and Rappor Jr. Lyon; his sisters, Deb Wanlass and Dania Mellor; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Flood; as well as many nieces and nephews.

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