James E. Spain, beloved father and grandfather, died peacefully in his home June 4 after a valiant fight with cancer. He was a longtime Newport Beach resident.
He is survived by his cherished wife of 60 years, Marilyn, loving children James and his wife, Pamela, of Rancho Santa Fe, Michael and his wife, Elizabeth, of Corona Del Mar, daughter Sheryl Skidmore of Newport Beach, and five adoring granddaughters - Kate and Megan Skidmore, Emily and Caroline Spain, and Sheridan Spain.
Jim was born in Redlands to Jim and Rose Spain. He grew up in San Bernardino and graduated from St. Bernardine's High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served during World War II. After the war he attended Saint Mary's College.
He joined the family business in 1948 and became president of J.E. Spain Shoes in 1949 when his father passed away suddenly. He was a highly respected member of the retail shoe business for many years. He was associated with Harris Co., F.C. Nash Co., Hinshaws and Walker-Scott. He served on the National Board of Shoe Retailers.