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Jimmy Lee Conner obituary – Glenhaven, CA (1943-2024)

Jimmy Lee Conner, born January 26, 1943, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2024. Jim was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to Oren and Tillie Conner. He was the first of three boys. When Jim was 17 months old, his father returned from the war. This was the first time they met. In 1958, the family said goodbye to family and friends and got into their station wagon. Together with his aunt and two cousins, they went to California for better job opportunities. They settled in Pasadena, where weekend trips consisted of fishing, camping and exploring Southern California’s Western film sets. This sparked Jim’s love for old western shows and movies. During high school, Jim started playing guitar and singing, and continued to do so throughout his life. Jim graduated from John Muir High School in 1962 and married his high school sweetheart Irene shortly after graduation. Jim worked as a clerk and had other jobs. The following year their first child was born. In 1964, Jim and his young family moved to Santa Cruz County. They soon welcomed two more children. Jim worked at Wilson’s tire shop. When he applied for a job, he was asked if he knew anything about tires. His answer was “yes”, after all he was a servant. In 1969, Jim joined the Santa Cruz Police Department as a reserve officer and in 1970 was hired as a full-time police officer. Jim loved his career, the people he worked with, and he took pride in serving his community. He served with honor as a motorcycle officer and was proud when his son joined the force. They rode motorcycles together until his retirement in 1998. In the 1980s, Jim obtained his private pilot’s license and eventually became an airplane owner. He loved flying family and friends. Jim also bought a motorcycle and took many long-distance trips across the United States and Mexico with friends. Jim remarried in 1989. He and Valerie expanded their family with three additional children. He was a devoted father and spent quality time with his children, taking them camping, traveling and building relationships. Jim was proud of all his children and their achievements. In 1998, after retiring from the SCPD, Jim began an award-winning career as Safeway’s NorCal Loss Prevention Officer. Everyone was on high alert when Mr. Conner entered their store. Jim eventually moved to Glenhaven, California where he spent his retirement boating on the lake, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Jim was known for his charismatic personality and charm. He seemed to know everyone. Jim enjoyed organizing gatherings, telling a good story, smoking a good cigar, watching the sunset on the lake from his deck, reminiscing about his days on the force and going to old Cowboy shows. to look. If you were lucky enough to watch with him, he would often tell you about the actors he met and the sets where the shows were made. Jim’s favorite quotes – “Keep the rubber on the ground and the painted side up”, “Keep your powder dry” and our favorite “Glad you saw me” Jim is survived by his children Kary Bisagno (Sal), David, Michael , Austin and Ashley Benedict (Chris), ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, his brother Jerry (Gena) and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son Rudy, brother Billy and niece Tracy. A celebration of his life will take place on Friday, May 31, 2024 at 4:00 PM at the Scotts Valley Community Center. Reception follows immediately.