Alexander James Roberts “Jim” was born to Percy and Naomi Roberts in Gary, Indiana. After a full life he died peacefully at home surrounded by his dearly wife of 60 ½ years and four loving daughters. He served the Navy with pride and distinction toward the end of World War II and in the Korean War. Subsequent to his graduation from Purdue University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Jim began working for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in 1954 and was there for 37 years. He was an enthusiastic Chicago Cubs fan throughout his life. For most of his years at Lockheed Jim was a faithful blood donor for the Red Cross, and later at the Stanford Blood Bank. When he was unable to donate whole blood he continued to donate blood products through aphaeresis in total donating an astonishing 622 times at the Stanford Blood Bank. He donated over 70 gallons of blood and blood products. He was active in Toastmasters for many years, rising to its highest accreditation. He also became active in Sons in Retirement (SSIRs).
Jim married his dearly beloved Mary Ann on July 24, 1955 and they shared a life of exceptional devotion. He was the admiring and loving father of four daughters: Mary Lynn Briggs (Carroll), Laura Weber (Paul), Lise Miller (Michael) and Anna Velasco (Jonathan). He also claimed as sons Pablo Corral Vega and Luis Beckman, both from Ecuador. He was the patriarch of our large close-knit family, inclusive of 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His strong Christian faith was demonstrated by the way he lived his life. Jim influenced many people who will continue to value his example and miss his presence greatly. We are all very thankful and blessed to have had him in our lives. The life of Alexander James Roberts “Jim” was celebrated at a memorial service on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. held at Los Gatos United Methodist Church, 111 Church St., in Los Gatos. In lieu of flowers donations would be gratefully accepted in Jim’s memory by either the Stanford Blood Bank (3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto, Calif. 94304) or a hospice of your choice.