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Debra, Mike and Sam

Gramps, we will miss you and your kind and funny spirit! Fly high!

Susan Rodriguez and McArthur YMCA

Sorry to hear about Jim's passing and he will be truly missed by our members and myself. Praying for Gail and the Family. He was a gentle soul and

James (Jim) Morgan, Sr.

2022-11-11

James (Jim) Morgan, Sr. of Amelia Island passed away on November 11, 2022. He was born in Napa, California, in 1935. He was predeceased by his parents William and Sarah Fraser Morgan, brother William Morgan, Jr., and first wife Deanna (Boitano) Morgan.

Jim is survived by his wife Gail Geiger Morgan, daughters Terri Morgan Hunsberger, Cathy Morgan Holm, and James Morgan, Jr., Wendy (Mike) Geiger Coldwater, Michael (Debra) Geiger, granddaughter Anna Holm and grandson Sam Geiger. Other family includes numerous relations in Canada and Ireland.

Jim met Gail at a wedding anniversary party for mutual friends. They talked for two hours and found they shared mutual interests as well as friends. Their marriage on January 10, 2009 was the first one in the new First Baptist Church on South 8th Street. Shortly thereafter Jim became a member of the church.

Jim enjoyed traveling with Gail to Canada, Ireland, and much of the United States. He was an avid collector of eclectic antiques and toys. Watching golf, tennis matches and football was favorite pastimes as well.
As a youth Jim was proud to have customized several cars and served in DeMolay, Boy Scouts, and Civil Air Patrol. As a young boy he had his own paper route and worked in a grocery store on weekends. He was a lifelong animal lover and held a special place in his heart for his childhood dog Rusty.

After graduation from Napa High School, Jim earned a MPA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco (concentration in Justice Administration). Employment included five years for the State of California, Department of Mental Health, Napa State Hospital, where he trained in psychiatric technology, and worked as a hydro therapist and psychiatric technician. He went on to work 32 years for the Department of Corrections, California, Medical/Psychiatric Facility, Vacaville, California. Positions held were Correctional Lieutenant, Appeals Manager, Parole Liaison with Board of Prison Terms, Counseling Supervisor and Staff Training Manager.

Volunteer service included Scouting, State Ombudsman for the Elderly, County Land Trust, Community Food Bank, and Council on Aging. Jim enjoyed his church service on many committees and ministries in the states of California, Maryland, and Florida. He was an ordained deacon in the First Presbyterian Church.
Jim enjoyed family, marriage, children, grandchildren, and friends. He was proud of his Irish ancestry and traveled to Ireland twice. On the first trip he kissed the Blarney stone for the gift of eloquence. On his second trip, he and Gail spent their honeymoon traveling the Emerald Isle.

Jim was an excellent tennis player and participated in tournaments. He hiked mountains and enjoyed volksmarches. An avid golfer, he once sliced a hole-in-one on the fly.
A memorial honoring his life will be held at the First Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Family will greet friends and one hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Community Hospice of Nassau County, 1901 Island Walkway, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or Warner Center for Caring, 1348 South 18th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

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