November 18, 1937 - July 26, 2020
JAMES BRYAN SPEED 1937 - 2020 James Bryan Speed 'Jim' died on July 26, 2020 of natural causes at the age of 82 in Fairfield, California. Jim was born in 1937 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to John and Gladys Speed. The Speeds moved to California in 1939 and Jim was raised in San Francisco, El Cerrito, San Pablo and Richmond, California. As a boy Jim spent a great deal of time working on a farm that his grandfather was caretaker of in Palo Alto California. Here he formed a tight bond with his grandfather and was instilled with a strong work ethic that he carried throughout his life. While his father, John's work in revitalizing troubled dry cleaning enterprises saw the family often move from town to town, Jim developed a very close bond with his younger brother, Larry. Learning from his father John, Jim learned automotive mechanic skills that led to one of the great hobbies and interests of his young life in repairing and building hot rods. While living in Richmond, Jim met Sandra Crawford and they married in Carson City, Nevada in 1959. Also while living in Richmond, Sandra gave birth to Lisa Renee Speed in 1960. Jim, Sandra and Lisa moved to Fairfield, California in 1964. Sandra gave birth to Eric Alan Speed in 1971. Jim spent his entire professional career employed in the printing industry beginning with his apprenticeship as a press operator shortly after graduating high school. Jim worked initially as a pressman but spent the majority of his career working as a pre-pressman in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jim retired from work in 2001 as the pre-press foreman at Abbey Press Inc. in Oakland, California. In addition to his professional vocation, Jim invested in Real Estate in Fairfield owning up to four homes at a given time. Jim also enjoyed his ski boat and taking his family on annual summer camping trips at Lake Shasta and Lake Berryessa. Jim also fostered a love of music and movies that was shared by his entire family and over the years amassed an impressive media collection. Jim also always got great enjoyment from doing yard work and always keeping his yard in tip-top shape. Jim is survived by longtime partner, Lois Southard Fairfield, California; children, Lisa Speed Sacramento, California and Eric Speed Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; grandchildren, Ashley Batista San Jose, California, Corrine Speed and Calvin Speed Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and sibling, Larry Speed Sacramento, California. Predeceased by his wife, Sandra Speed deceased Jan. 15, 1994. Jim was interred at East Lawn Cemetery, Sierra Hills in Sacramento, California next to Sandra, his wife of 35 years.
JAMES BRYAN SPEED 1937 - 2020 James Bryan Speed 'Jim' died on July 26, 2020 of natural causes at the age of 82 in Fairfield, California. Jim was born in 1937 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to John and Gladys Speed. The Speeds moved to California... View Obituary & Service Information
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JAMES BRYAN SPEED
1937 - 2020
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