Jim Stone, whose lifetime of service to country and community took him from the Korean War to being honored along with his wife, Bobby, as co-grand marshal of the 2012 Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade, has died. He was in his mid-70s.
“Both Jim and Bobby — I don’t think they have ever said ‘no’ to anyone when they have asked for help,” parade committee chairwoman Linda Storli said in 2012 when the couple was honored as grand marshals. “They’re the consummate volunteers. They never turn you down. They never say they are too busy, and they started very young serving their country as well as their communities.”
Jim Stone’s commitment to serving his nation and his community spanned seven different decades, starting with his work in the U.S. Air Force, maintaining airborne communication and navigation equipment during the Korean War.
“I worked on anything that was electronic on the aircraft,” he said in a 2012 interview.
After the war, he continued his career in the aerospace industry before shifting gears and going to work for the local Keysor-Century Corp., which manufactured vinyl records. That’s where he became fascinated with audio technology, and began volunteering his services to set up sound systems for events.
His first Santa Clarita Valley volunteer gig? In 1972, he set up the sound system for the inaugural SCV Boys and Girls Club Auction, which had pretty modest beginnings.
“I think that there were probably about 60 people there,” he said. “And you know what that has gone on to become.”
Over his years volunteering in the SCV, Jim Stone worked on the Walk of Western Stars, the Frontier Days rodeo and parade, and numerous events for the SCV Senior Center.
In the 2012 interview, he said his bride got bit by the volunteerism bug before they got married.
“We’ve been married 21 years now, and before she married me she got sucked into working on the Boys and Girls Club Auction and the other stuff I was working on,” Jim said. “That was part of the deal: She would have to come along with me, and she jumped in with both feet.”
Jim and Bobby were a perfect match — they even shared a military background in common, with Bobby having served in the Marines in World War II. Together, they became a fixture at SCV community events for more than two decades.
Robin Clough, director of volunteers at the SCV Senior Center, said the Stones previously coordinated the center’s monthly dance club and were instrumental in the installation of the center’s dance floor and sound systems.
“Jim and Bobby are incredible senior advocates,” Clough said in an interview before the 2012 Fourth of July Parade. “They have given so much of their time and energy to help the Senior Center and the seniors we serve. It is especially meaningful and appropriate with the parade theme of ‘Santa Clarita Volunteers,’ as no one represents Santa Clarita better.”
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Beautiful story. Such a loss to the community.
I am so sorry to read of Jim’s passing. He was always our”go to guy” for sound equipment and expertise…whether it be Frontier Days or the B&G Club Auction, Jim was always one to be counted on for help. Volunteers like these two helped build this Community, Jim will be missed.
May he rest in peace.
oh no he was a customer of ours and he looked well last time we saw him. rip Jim.
RIP Jim, and Thank You for serving our country and fighting for our freedom!
Nooo. I’ve seen this guy around. He was so cool. ;A;
Our condolences. I’m grateful to have met him.
Jim, my old friend, may you rest in peace. You are a soul of great shining light. Santa Clarita was made better with your commitment to our quality of life. Our neighborhood just won’t be the same without you. Our loss will hurt for a long time to come. I cherish our friendship of 25 years. Bobbi, always there for you. Love and prayers to the family.
We are so sad. I’ll miss the hugs at Linda’s dance. Stay strong Bobbi. We love you.
Jim and Bobbi were always there for me. I will miss you my friend. Thank you for all your help.
I just saw Jim and Bobby at Vincenzos a few weeks back dancing in the isle together to the live music. They were the sweetens couple and I hope when I am at that time in my life, I can just dance with no reservations. They were smiling and even as they left, they (mostly Bobby) were still dancing.
As a sound guy myself, Jim and I had many a conversation about the business and the stories associated with it. We spoke the same language.
Jim was a great example of how to give back to the community. Many should use him as an example to give some time to help others as we live in the “Me” generation.
I am a better person for having met him.
Take care Jim!