James Patoka

James Donald Patoka

Tuesday, May 1st, 1962 - Friday, March 6th, 2020
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James Donald Patoka


James passed away March 6, 2020 in San Diego, CA from complications due to heart disease. He was 57 years old, born on May 1, 1962 to Don and Jean (Sigwalt) Patoka. Jim graduated from Lincoln East High School, attended the University of NE Lincoln as well as San Diego State University after moving there in 1982. His work life consisted of the construction business as well as many years with ACE parking of San Diego. Jim was a talented musician, enjoying playing both trumpet and drums, and piano by ear. He loved fishing in the ocean, had a sharp mind and great sense of humor. His many friends and family will truly miss him. Jim is survived by his mother Jean Patoka, and sister Nancy Patoka, both of Lincoln; his sister Carol Schieman, niece Kim Schieman, nephew Jeff Schieman, all of San Diego; cousins Katherine Whitten of Glendale, AZ, and Suzanne Dundon, Ft. Meyers, FL. He was preceded in death by his father Don Patoka, brother-in-law Dr. Gregory Schieman, uncle Paul Sigwalt, aunt Margaret Sigwalt, cousin Carrie Kuhel. A gathering to celebrate Jim’s life will be on April 5th, 2020 at Carol Schieman’s home in San Diego.

Arrangements by Murrieta Valley Funeral Home, in Murrieta, CA
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David Cantori

Posted at 07:09pm
Jim and I (David cantori ) would go out fishing in Jim’s little pontoon boat often. We especially would go on our birthdays Jim’s being the first of may mine the second of may. We would go out on Jim’s birthday that evening and it would soon turn into mine. I always had a good time even though Jim would make me sit way up front on the bait bucket he said it was for ballast. I’m pretty thin and Jim was well Jim. He just loved to steer the boat into the wave and cause the boat to jump making the bait bucket and the bay water trench me. It was all in good fun and we had a great evening ever-year we went. I will remember those fishing birthdays for ever and all the other good times we had. I will miss you Jim may god bless you and your family.

Charles van Bassen

Posted at 10:28pm
Jimbo was a good friend to me and he expanded my universe. His love of music, his bold curiosity,
his independence and strong mindedness made him a fascinating companion and an adventure to be with.
I have so many memories of the things we did together. More nights than I can remember out fishing in his
zodiac in all sorts of weather and conditions from huge waves to the most vivid bio luminescence I've ever seen.
The unforgettable trip we made from San Diego to Calgary, trout fishing in the high Sierras, hiking in grizzly
posted country in Montana, the people he drew to us, he made high adventure out of all of it. I had many of the
best laughs of my life with him as well, he had a brilliant sense of humor. My world is a poorer place without

George McMillan Posted at 08:24pm

Very nice Charlie.Well said! I agree. Every time we sit down and play drums together, he would always have this really cool slow, funky, jazzy rhythm he would come up with. Then he would say “OK now play it with me”. I would learn it. Then he would say “that’s pretty good, now let’s play it in 5/4 time”. He would stump me almost every time. I used to love when he would play on his 12 string guitar. He also played trumpet very well. He attributed his musical talents to his mother. Saying to him when he was practicing as a child. Jim middle C. Your Sharp your flat.😎 obviously his humor was spectacular. One time he told me a story about his mom, dad and him went golfing when they were visiting here in San Diego. Well I guess his mom had to use the restroom. So I guess he had impersonated her walk. I’m sure you had to be there but he was hilarious the way he would do the walk and tell the story. Miss you more than you’ll ever know Jim. ❤️

Heather McMillan

Posted at 01:47am
You left too soon, Jimbo. Your warmth and humor will be so missed. Some crazy times we all had but you were always loved and still are...Rest In Peace.🌺💐🌿Heather McMillan

George McMillan

Posted at 12:51am
Jim was a good friend of mine for many years. Every time we got together we laughed and laughed all day long. He was so very talented in many areas. Music especially. We played music together in a few different bands also on the road. We love to fish together. He also was a talented athlete. He was an all state center in football in high school. I think Jim missed his calling he could’ve been a pro golfer. He could hit that ball so straight and so far 300 yards never a problem. I used to tell him I never seen anything without wings fly so far. Also academically brilliant. Oh boy, the stories I could tell. He will be missed. He loved his mom and dad and sisters and niece and nephew very very much!! We love you Jim. Rest in peace. God be with you! Hallelujah Jesus!!

Kim Schieman

Posted at 09:05pm
Uncle Jim- I will always remember and hold onto our great family memories over the years. I will miss your sense of humor, love of music and your wonderful back massages. You definitely left us too soon but I know you're in Heaven now and no longer suffering. Give my dad and gramps the biggest hug and kiss from me. May you rest in peace...Love you very much and I will certainly miss you.

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