In Memory

James Arjona

James Arjona


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08/23/08 09:10 PM #1    

Robert Elkin

I sat next to Jim Arjona in Varich's senior government class. Jim was always very positive, and he and I were always cracking up at Varich's antics. Did anyone else notice that if Varich was reading a book, he would get so involved that he would lick one thumb, then turn the page with the OTHER HAND!!! Jim pointed this out to me. After we graduated, I ran into Jim. He was driving his 57 Chevy even though one of his legs had been removed. Still had that positive attitude.

Great guy.

Bob Elkin

01/18/09 11:18 PM #2    

Robert Wissmath

Archie was my friend.
He passed away.
I miss my friend.
That's all I have to say.

Jim Arjona passed away in the winter of '69. When I last saw him in early January that year, he was listening to Donovan's "Wear you love like heaven" in his room. His prosthetic leg, which I think he never wore was standing in the corner. In our neighborhood we were all hopeful that with the amputation he was kicking the cancer. He never told us otherwise; said he was going to drop by an visit me at UC Davis one of these days. . . Archie was the only kid I knew that could operate a sewing machine to "peg" his own pants. He showed me how to do it when we were in 9th grade, and then I showed my mom. . .

Sometime around the summer of '69 his namesake was born. . .

04/20/09 10:01 PM #3    

Robert Anaya

Jim Arjona or "Archie" was my cousin. As Bob Wissmath previously mentioned, he died in the winter of '69. I spent quite a bit of time with Jim toward the end of his life. Jim had a strenght of character that was unmatched. If he was afraid of the cancer that had taken over his body, he never showed it. He lived every second of his life to the utmost. Jim loved, was loved, and thoroughly enjoyed life. I miss him dearly.

Bob Anaya

01/24/10 07:51 PM #4    

Linda Nunes (West)

So many sad stories that we knew nothing about. Sounds like a wonderful spirit--sad we didn't get to know him.

Linda Nunes West

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