Monday, 04 March 2024

James E. 'Jim' Westman

Jim Westman. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Jim Westman, 88, of Kelseyville passed away on Nov. 25, 2023.

He was born on April 9, 1935 in Shelton, Washington to Theodore and Wilma Westman.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Arlene and their children: Michael (Sara), Julia (Dave) and Gary (Donna). He was a loving grandfather to Lisa, Jeremiah, Andrew, Daniel, Michael, Alexa, Alex and Karley, and eight great-grandchildren.

Jim was known for his kind and gentle nature. He had a passion for music and was a talented musician performing in many community music groups, as well as for all impromptu family gatherings. If he walked into a room that had a piano, he would sit down and start playing a jazzy tune.

He dedicated his career to teaching and inspiring others through music, serving as a music teacher, director, and performer for 33 years in Humboldt County. Jim also worked as an adult education counselor helping individuals achieve their educational goals.

Jim graduated from Eureka High School and went on to earn a master’s degree in music at Humboldt State University. He proudly served his country in the Navy and Coast Guard Reserves. His military service exemplified his dedication and commitment to his country.

Jim had a passion for sailing, enjoying both racing and cruising. He was past commodore for Humboldt Yacht Club and Kelseyville Sailing Club. He explored a variety of waterways cruising with family and friends over the years, creating many cherished memories.

A celebration of life will be at Buckingham Golf Course Clubhouse in Kelseyville on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.

Jim will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. His kindness, musical talent, and love for sailing will be remembered and cherished forever.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

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