June 5, 1963 ~ May 1, 2022

Born in: Lubbock County, Texas
Resided in: Redondo Beach, California

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James David Jenkins, Age 58 of Gardnerville, Nevada, passed away on May 1, 2022. Born on June 5, 1963 in Lubbock County, Texas and raised in Ohio, Jim spent the majority of his life living in California, notably Chatsworth and Redondo Beach.

As an Aerospace Systems Engineer at Boeing, Jim was passionate about his career; a passion which extended into his personal life as a collector of memorabilia from satellite launches and stunning photography taken from his very own collection of telescopes.  Jim was an adventurer and enjoyed driving around in his Jeep Wrangler, taking his Harley out for a ride, and had even fulfilled his dream of swimming in the waters of the northernmost part of the United States. He was a handyman who would often spend hours in his garage.  He loved a trip to the museum or a night in solving brain teaser puzzles.  His favorite team was the Chicago Cubs.

Jim was predeceased by his father John and survived by his two sons Jake and Casey, his mother and Stepfather Linda and Ron Washing and his brother Tom.


Service: June 18, 2022 11:00 am - June 18, 2022 12:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - White & Day Center
901 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Reception / Repast: June 18, 2022 12:00 pm - June 18, 2022 2:00 pm

Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions - White & Day Center
901 Torrance Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


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  1. Worked with Jim for many years at Hughes and Boeing! What a great, fun guy at all times, we shared many great memories and times together and a few cold beer as well 🍺. R I P my brother

  2. Jim was always great boss! When we traveled offsite, he was always respectful, fun to work with and a great person at Hughes/Boeing! My heart felt condolences go out to the Jenkins family🤗❤️

  3. candle 4May God bless my good friend and colleague Jim. I first met Jim in 1981 at DeVry Institute Phoenix. He was a class behind me, and I served as a faculty associate in his classes. We also both worked at the local Wendy’s in the evenings! We both joined Hughes Aircraft Co, Space Communications Div. in 1983. Our paths crossed again in Systems Test on closed programs and eventually Launch Systems. We went through great times, and bad times (9/11 offsite) together.
    Jim was passionate about work, and equally enthusiastic about having fun. His great sense of humor and skill at practical jokes made for a fun environment in and out of work.
    I’m sure, when my time on earth is done, Jim will be waiting at the heavenly Tiki Bar, along with Ruben and Chad, ready to pick up the first round. Rest in Peace my friend. Until we meet again…
    (Distance prevents my attendance at the memorial. But I will be there in spirit)

  4. I worked with Jim here in Florida and also in California on a Satellite program from 2010 to 2016 and then some other work after that. We would ride Harleys when I was in California and Airboats when he was here in our off time. Always a gentleman to be around and everyone was hIs friend. Rest In Peace Brotha!

  5. candle 7Worked with Jim in Florida on the Satellite Program to 2016. He was awesome to work with and a great human being. He will be missed by many. May your journey be full of peace

  6. candle 4We went to school together, worked together and had a whole lot of fun together. You will be greatly missed, rest in peace Jim.

  7. candle 4Jim was loved and respected. He will always have a special place in my heart and never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers for Jim, his Sons Casey and Jake, his mother, his family along with lots of close friends and Associates who work with him,

  8. I have very positive memories of working with Jim on the GPS IIF program. He was always focused on ensuring we got a quality satellite for the mission, but never lost sight of the engineers and techs that really make it all happen.
    He will be missed, but his impact lives on.

  9. candle 1Condolence to the Jenkins family. Remembered Jim while working off-site for Boeing. He was very knowledgeable and someone you could go to for guidance.

  10. candle 4I worked with Jim during my time at Hughes/Boeing. He was a kind and friendly person. My condolences to the family.

  11. candle 4Jim made our Nation a safer place. His passion for his Team and their Mission was infectious. Always a true gentleman and friend, his stalwart leadership and technical superpowers ensured success and dominance in the space domain. It was my honor to have Jim as a Shipmate. I learned so much from him and remember with great fondness the numerous high bay tours he led for our Team. You could see the pride in his work through every word and every story. I am proud to call him Friend and will never forget his powerful contributions to our Program. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones.

  12. I worked with Jim on many many different programs. So many memories.
    So many launches together. He was a instrumental part of the team no matter what he did . You will be missed .
    Heaven just got another Angel .

  13. candle 7Worked many years with Jim and we had such incredible memories at Hughes, Boeing and off site. Jim was a great friend. Our condolences to the family. May Jim Rest In Peace.

  14. candle 1I supported Jim as his cost analyst and we developed a friendship working together. One time he found out I was having electrical problems with MY Jeep and he came over to my home and did the troubleshooting to figure out why my dashboard gauges weren’t working. As a Jeep owner, he knew Jeeps and It became an obsession for him to find the source of the problem. We ended up dropping the gas tank to get to the fuel pump in the tank and fixed the connection there. The pros couldn’t figure it out, but Jim did! So thankful for his help. Such a good memory for me to hold on to as he was one of a kind. RIP Jim.

  15. candle 6Jim and I spent some long days together in Florida on the TDRS M launch. I thought he did such a great job and he was such a good partner to have. I am so impacted by his loss and can only wish the best for his family.

  16. candle 7I find this hard to fathom. He deserved a longer stay to enjoy the fruits of his labor. I worked with Jim for 15 years and can say he was a great leader, funny, outgoing and cared about people. Jim was one of many that helped me on my journey. I’m so grateful to have known and worked along side Jim. He maybe gone but the memories never die (Boy, do I have a ton of them). To his family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please know, Jim did many great things. He was respected and sought after for his knowledge and expertise. He was truly a “Citizen Soldier”. Till we meet again.

  17. So, sad to hear about Jim’s passing. He is now in Heaven and will be waiting for people who loved him to join in his celebration of life. His time was short but did so much for the time he had. His love ❤️ for his family. His Son’s Casey and Jake who made him so proud. His Mother he always spoke of his love for her. Friends, Co-Workers his love of the Aerospace Programs he gave his all to helping his teammates gave him a sense of pride to be there. Dedicate to making everything as flawless as he could do. He told me after he retired to Gardenville, NV. he missed his Florida GPS IIF Teammates. He was a true Diamond and true friend to many. RIP ✝️🛰♥️ until we see you again.

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