Jim H Akin
December 24, 1923-December 20, 2018
Jim Akin was born 1923 in Fort Collins, Colorado to Howard Stickle Akin and Nina Belle Cox Akin. He had one half-brother Frank Donavon who preceded him in death in 1983 and his then-wife, Marvel in 1990.
He graduated from Huntington Beach High School, CA in 1941 where he was considered an Olympic candidate swimmer. After his high school graduation, his family moved to Hanford and from there, he soon left to explore the world. He went to Nicaragua and help build the Pan American Highway, followed by Alaska to work on the Alaskan Pipeline. He joined the Army in 1943 and fought in WWII as an amphibious driver. During his service, he was the recipient of the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific, Good Conduct, and WWII Victory medals.
In 1948 he came back to Hanford, where he met and married Marvel Thompson. At that time, he worked for Morris/Knudsen International Construction company and that afforded him additional international traveling. Together they set off to see the world. They soon had 5 children, each born in various parts of the world and finally settled down to make his home back in Hanford in 1959. Being passionate about travel, he has been to many countries in the world and has visited every state in the US.
After he settled down in Hanford, he started his own insurance company “Jim Akin Insurance”. He started handing out playing cards and sported a sign on his car that said, “ Who is Jim Akin”. With his jovial personality and a constant stream of jokes, he made any stranger feel welcome and always had his hand out for a strong handshake. Later he changed the name of his agency to “Sierra Insurance” and ran his agency for many years until he retired from the insurance business.
As an active member in the Hanford community, he belonged to many clubs and organization. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner, Elks Lodge member, Lions Club Past President, President of the Kings Country Club. He enjoyed playing bridge and back in the day he and his then-wife, Marvel, enjoyed dancing in a club called “The Jolly Bunch”.
He had a passion for golf and was a pretty good golfer. One of his greatest moments was when he hit a hole in one at the KCC and proudly displayed the bronzed card on his wall. He always said he wanted to die at the 19th hole, owning for a round of drinks.
He married Janice Peters in 1991 and they continued his love for travel. He always brought a smile and laughter to everything he did.
He is survived by Janice Peters-Akin, his wife; 3 sons: Doug, Tom, David, and 2 daughters: Nina and Judy and their wives/husbands. He has 8 grandchildren and their wives and 8 great-grandchildren, and the stepfamilies of the Peters and King's.
He would have been 95 years old on Christmas Eve this year. He will be missed by many for all of his funny sayings and happy heart. He passed away very peacefully on December 20th, 2018 in his home in Carmel, California.
On the 27th of January, light hors-d'oeuvres will be served at the Kings County Country Club from 11:30 until 2 pm for those wanting to come to share in the celebration of life for James H. Akin.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that a donation is made to The Valley Children Hospital or a charity of your choice.