James “Jim” M. Comstock of Fremont, California, died peacefully with his family on July 24, 2021 at the age of 88.
Jim was born in Walla Walla, Washington, in May 1933 to Halle and Sarah Comstock. During Jim’s childhood, his family moved to their farm in St. Helens on Pittsburg Road. Jim graduated from St. Helens High School in 1951. In his youth, Jim loved the sport, built model airplanes and enjoyed learning the art of body repair from his mentor Delmer Johnson at Jordan Motor.
After high school, Jim served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan. Jim was proficient in Japanese, which later served him well during his career as an electrical engineer.
Jim received his MSc in electrical engineering from Oregon State University in the 1960s and moved his family to the Bay Area, also known as The Silicon Valley. Jim was extremely passionate about his career and enthusiastic about the development of the emerging electronics industry. Jim played a key role in developing the first prototypes of pocket calculators, personal computers and electronic ignition systems for large automotive companies. Jim’s creative drive kept him in the tech industry until he was 82 years old and traveled to Japan, where his Japanese language skills were very useful.
Though Jim’s passion for his work preoccupied him, Jim spent some of his free time rebuilding the skills he’d learned at Jordan Motors and even built a 1972 Pinto with Jim’s own uniquely designed electronic doorways for his son James around. in 1979. Jim also enjoyed many Sunriver vacations while biking with his family, and loved exploring the beautiful bay he lived on.
Jim leaves behind his 40-year-old wife, Chieko Comstock, of Fremont, California; Son James Comstock (wife Meral) of New Hampshire; Daughter Shari Beickel (husband Kory) from Arizona; Stepson Paul Daniels (wife Jeannie) from Arizona; and 12 grandchildren.
Jim’s strongest advice to everyone was the importance of education. “Education and knowledge expansion are the key to success.” Jim also emphasized the importance of setting goals and never giving up. “Identify the barriers, analyze the barriers and develop solutions to remove those barriers in order to achieve your goal.”
Jim’s ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay.