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James Darrel Darr, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away on December 3, 2020 at the age of 81. He was born on April 18, 1939 to James and Myrtle Darr in Los Angeles, California.
Jim attended Belmont High School and graduated in 1957. He was drafted into the Army and finished first in his class. He served for 2 years in Europe. Jim later attend Pierce College, where he played football, Santa Monica City College, and Long Beach State University. In 1980, he received a Master of Arts degree in Public Communications from Pepperdine University .
After 25 years of service with the Los Angeles Police Department, Jim retired in 1990. He retired as Lieutenant in charge of the Asian Task Force.
Jim had many lifelong loves - his family, golf, airplanes, and researching World War Il. He managed to see every WW II movie ever made! Jim was very involved with his sons' sports activities when they were growing up. He was often their coach and was always there with his wife supporting them as spectators.
Jim also loved Manhattan Beach and was a long time resident. He enjoyed walking his dogs around the neighborhood and chatting with the neighbors. Coffee was another love of his. He could be seen every morning for years at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf with his group of friends.
Jim was an avid runner. He ran in many MB Hometown Fair Runs, Police Olympics, and marathons. He often practiced for these events running in the streets of Manhattan Beach.
In his later years, he and his wife enjoyed traveling with friends throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and his favorite place, Hawaii.
Jim is survived by his wife, Carole, their sons and spouses, James (Ashley) Darr, Kyle (Alyson) Darr, granddaughter Reiko, brother Jerry Darr, sister Sue Eftekhari, and many nieces and nephews.

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Jan. 19, 2021.
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January 19, 2021
Jimmy was a great friend and partner. He made all of us laugh. He was a character.
Scott Cade
January 17, 2021
I was a Police Explorer when Jim arrived at Wilshire Division in the early 1970s. I remember how kind he was to all of us kids. As I recall, he was the Hollywood Explorer Advisor sometime before coming to Wilshire.

I ran across him a few times later on after I became a police officer. He was always the same genuine guy. I’ve thought about him many times over the years.

I hope he rests in peace.
Paul Hill
January 17, 2021
My deepest sympathies to you and your family, Carole. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Amy Wasserzieher
January 17, 2021
No words of sympathy can ease your loss of Jim. May your family find peace when you cherish all the memories you share. My thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.
Pat King
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