James Saunders Obituary, Death – James Saunders passed away peacefully in the presence of his loved ones. He was 86. Guy and Lillian Saunders welcomed Jamey into the world on May 3, 1936, in Amarillo, Texas. Young and the youngest of five kids, he was. In his formative years, he spent his evenings on the sleeping porch of the family cabin at the Palo Duro Club in Amarillo, where he spent his days hunting and riding horses. In 1954, he received his diploma from Amarillo High School, where he also served as Mr. Amarillo High School. Jamey was involved in numerous young organizations while still a high school student, such as the Allied Youth, where he was chosen to lead the organization internationally in 1953. As a result, he was asked to appear in 1954 before the Subcommittee to Investigate Juvenile Delinquency of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Jamey attended Texas A&M and Southern Methodist Universities after graduating from high school, where he served as a Yell Leader and as the President of the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta. He relocated to San Francisco in the late 1950s and started working in the insurance industry for the Kahn and Nippert Company before deciding to start his own company. He wed Nancy Hunting, his true love, in 1969. The following month would have been their 53rd wedding anniversary. Together, they brought up Amy and John. Jamey spent a lot of his free time working with the San Francisco Guardsmen, an organization that gives underprivileged kids in the Bay Area access to summer camps and higher education possibilities. While serving on the board of directors and as a Guardsman, Jamey assisted in planning the Angel Island footrace to raise money for the Guardsmen.
Jamey has a variety of interests outside of his family and his business. When he was younger, he obtained his pilot’s license in Texas and crossed the Southwest in a Cessna. He started jogging after relocating to San Francisco and eventually finished three marathons. Later, he developed a passion for the game and valued his time spent at the Fairfax Meadow Club.
Before Jamey, both of his parents and four of his siblings died (Marian Vineyard, Ciela Murphy, Guyon Saunders, and Joe Saunders). He is survived by his wife Nancy, son John Saunders, daughter Amy Simpson, and daughter-in-law Chris Simpson in addition to two grandkids, Connor and Ben Simpson.