Long-time Manhattan Beach resident (42 years) Jim Babcock age 84, passed away on November 22, 2019, after a 9-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was at home surrounded by his loving family.
Jim's family moved from Minnesota in 1940 and settled in the San Fernando Valley. Jim attended Van Nuys High School, Valley College, UCLA, and graduated from LA State College. Jim married his high school sweetheart Carolyn Carr in 1956 and they remained happily married the rest of his life.
Jim was an accomplished high school football coach at Sylmar and Kennedy high schools in the San Fernando Valley, earning the honor of LA Times All San Fernando Valley Coach of the Year in 1975. Later Jim moved to West LA College in Culver City where he coached football and golf.
After retirement, Jim became a skilled craftsman making fine furniture for friends and family. He also continued with his longtime love of golf. Jim and Carolyn were weekly regulars at Lakewood Country Club.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Bud and Letha, and his sister Evelyn. He is survived by his wife Carolyn of 63 years, his son Ken (wife Kathy O'Leary), his daughter Laura and her 5 children. He was extremely proud of his children and their accomplishments.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held after the first of the year. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society