James “Jim” Earl Bland, born March 11, 1933 in Rector, Arkansas passed away Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Avalon Care Center Sonora. Cremation is planned and private inurnment with military honors will be held in Sacrament Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California.
“Jimbo” “-Comando Blando”
Father & Mother: Clevie & Laverne Bland, Sisters; Melba & Carol
Married: August 4, 1995 in Incline Village to Linda Bland
Education: Modesto Junior College, Law Enforcement
Employment: Tuolumne County Sheriffs Department, March 22, 1971 to June 2008
Military service; U.S. Air Force, 1952 to 1956 Airman 2nd Class
Places of residence; Sacramento, Ca, Oakdale, Ca, Sonora, Ca
Jim loved music and playing his trombone, Jim was a regular during Tuolumne County musical events and loved to sing and direct music. Jim was a well-known and respected member of the community and Law Enforcement Community.
Jim had belonged to the Sonora Mountain lions Club, the Elks of Sonora
Jim started his career in the Roseville Police Dept and then transferred to the Oakdale Police Dept. he was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in February 1971 to the Tuolumne County. Jim rose through the ranks to achieve Lieutenant. During his long career Jim was an Investigator, Chief Deputy Coroner, Jail Commander, Patrol Commander, and Head of the Communications-Records Dept.
Survived by his wife, Linda Bland of Sonora, Ca
Children: Dennis Bland of Sonora, Randal Bland of Jamestown, Marilee Bland of Buffalo,
Step-Children: Nancy Gamez of North Carolina, Eddie Gamez of Idaho, Neil Gamez of Sonora, Misty Gamez of San Jose
Grandchildren: DJ Bland of Arizona, Chastity Bland of Carson City, Neil Bland of Reno, Tyler Bland of Sonora, Ray Bland of Snelling, Chad Barns of Sonora, Joshua Bland of Buffalo, Gabe Gamez of Sonora, Chad, Augustus, Penelope Gamez of Sonora, Gabby, Sofia, Alexa, Liam, Antonio Chavez of San Jose
The Family will not have services for James, but have requested that in lieu of flowers, cards, or remembrance by made a cash donation to the Alzheimer’s A_SSQ_ciation or Parkinson’s Association in the name of James Earl Bland
Place of interment; Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
Thank you to the staff at Avalon Care facility for the many years of caring for Jimbo. To the friends and family that stopped by to see. Jim during these last few years we thank each and everyone for your kindness and compassion.
Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home entrusted with Cremation arrangements. Private inurnment will be in Sacrament Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California
- Date of Death: 12/16/2021
- Age: 88
- Residence: Sonora, CA
- Services: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 1 PM at Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose at Lyons Street, Sonora, Ca