Rankine, Baxter James, a 30 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2007 in Torrance. Born in Moncks Corner, SC, Baxter was 70 when he died. Baxter had served in the Coast Guard as an officer from 1960-1967. Baxter was a member of St. John Fisher Catholic Church. In addition to being a devoted father, he was successful in many business endeavors. He was an avid golfer and was passionate about physical fitness, UCLA football and basketball. He is survived by his Wife, Joyce Rankine of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Son, Dave (Diane) Rankine of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; Daughter, Julie Rankine of San Francisco, CA; and 3 Grandchildren: Danielle, Brendan, and Amanda. He was preceded in death by his Father, Baxter Rankine, and Mother, Mary Rankine. The Service will be held on Tuesday January 9, 2007 at 11:30am at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

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  1. Jim was the first Presdient I worked for at Pacific Valves. I really enjoyed working for him. He was a great guy and a wonderful family man. Thank you, Mary

  2. Joyce and Family: Jim was a wonderful boss, mentor, and friend. While our time together was spent many years ago, and you have probably long forgotten about me I still have very fond memories of you and our time together in So. California. I am deeply sadened by Jim’s passing and will miss him dearly. I wish the very best to you and your respective families. I know Jim was very proud of all of you. Sincerely, Michael Powell

  3. I was sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, and extend my condolences to Joyce and his family. Jim was one of a handful of the most important executives in the Mark Controls valve businesses during the 70’s and 80’s. I remember him vividly, and appreciated his significant contributions. Building on his success in other positions, he accepted the most important, the most challenging, and the riskiest position in the entire company, President of Pacific Valves. I remember Jim to have been a fine executive who persevered in running a business beset with industry wide problems. He never tried to deflect responsibility, and always pressed forward making improvements and solving problems. He ably led and inspired a team that respected him, and worked hard to meet goals. I have always felt great respect and appreciation for Jim and am sorry that he is gone. Bill Bendix

  4. Joyce – I was very, very sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. He worked hard for Mark Controls through some very tough times. He was a smart, strong and nice man. He was also a good Kappa Sigma. I had often thought I would try and track you two down and reconnect – I was hoping to see you at the KE reunion in Newport Beach a few years ago. I hope you know Jim (and you) have lots of friends that think of you even though we are far away. May God bless you as you celebrate Jim’s fine life. Warm regards, Gary MacDougal

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