On Sunday April 14, 2019 James L. DeSmidt of Belmont, loving husband and father of three, passed away at age 80.
Jim was born on August 4, 1938 in Chicago Illinois to Ivan and Jessie (Tinken) DeSmidt. Jim served in the United States Army where he was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. He fell in love with the Bay Area and stayed following his honorable discharge in 1964. On February 6, 1965 he married Janet Ann Magner and in 1972 they moved to Belmont, CA. Together they raised three children, Daniel, Craig and Kimberly.
Jim had a passion for sports and family gatherings. He could often be found at youth baseball games, and rarely missed a game at Carlmont High or the College of San Mateo. An avid card player, Jim enjoyed local games at the Belmont Senior Center and the American Legion in San Carlos. He and his devoted wife Janet would often attend the theater at venues up and down the Peninsula.
Jim was proceeded in death by his father Ivan, and his mother Jessie. He is survived by his wife Janet, his three children Daniel, Craig and Kimberly, and his sister Diane, as well as his two grandchildren Morgan and Tyler, and his two daughters-in-law, Kristi and Emily. A Rosary Service will be held on Saturday April 20, 2019, 12pm at Crippen & Flynn, 1111 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont. It will be followed by a 1pm “Celebration of Life” reception at the American Legion hall, 1159 Bush St, San Carlos.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in Jim’s name to the American Legion Post 585, San Carlos, CA.