James (Jim, Jimmy) Edward King left us too early on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Jimmy was born at Lodi Memorial Hospital on February 13, 1959 and enjoyed the life of growing up in a small town playing sports, riding bikes, fishing and hanging out with friends. At Galt High School, he was student body president and admirably played on the football and golf teams. Days of water skiing on the Delta at the Meadows were particularly happy memories with family and friends. After high school, Jimmy began working for Bill Graham’s Presents concert company and quickly became a favorite among his peers for his ability to defuse a situation (he was the “big guy” with the gentle touch). His work had him travelling around Northern California along with tours across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Skid Row, The Stone Temple Pilots and Red Hot Chili Peppers all requested Jimmy to make their concerts run smoothly. Even though he had seen many parts of the world, Galt was his home. Finished with travelling Jimmy and his wife, Gerry, recently bought a home in Galt which he had visions of making a wonderful place for the two of them. It was while making home improvements, doing something that he loved, that he died from a heart attack.
Jimmy was a 3rd generation Galtonian whose grandfather, August Pahl, was one of the first city councilmen. He is survived by his wife, Gerry, his daughter, Morgan, along with his stepson, Michael (Lupe) and granddaughter, Sophia. Jimmy is also survived by his loving mother, Jeanette Munsill (Harry), his brother, John (Jann) and his sister, Judi (Clay) along with his niece, Tristan, nephews: Michael, Travis and Devin, uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.
Jimmy will be dearly missed by his family and friends but the memories that he provided us all will live on. At a recent event in San Francisco, Jimmy’s work family of nearly 30 years paid tribute to him and their open love and admiration for him was heartfelt and will not be forgotten.
Please come celebrate Jimmy’s life at a memorial service on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Galt Bible Church, 801 Church St., Galt, CA at 11:00 AM.
Our original Jim King fund post
Hello to our extended friends and family! We would like to tell everyone about our friend Jim King.
As some of you may know, this last season at Shoreline amphitheater in Mountain View Jim suffered a small heart attack which caused him to pass out. Rock-Med quickly stepped in stabilizing Jim and sending him to the hospital. What was discovered was Jim is in need of a dual possibly triple bypass surgery.
Unfortunately, Jim does not have the proper healthcare to provide him with the surgery he desperately needs. Jim is currently on medications for his blood pressure as well as his heart. Despite these events Jim is still working just as he has since 1983 when he started working for Bill Graham Presents.
Jim has been working in the entertainment industry for the last 30 years protecting artist and patrons alike, and as you can imagine, sometimes protecting them from each other.
He has toured and worked for bands like Motorhead, Stone Temple Pilots, The Deftones, Skidrow, as well as Sebastian Bach and hundreds of Grateful Dead shows!
Jim has always been a leader and despite his size and appearance he is one of the kindest, most gentle and honorable people working in our profession today, thus giving him the nickname “The Gentle Giant!”
Donations are still welcome to assist Jim’s family through this challenging time.