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James Paul Misenhimer
Specialist James Paul Misenhimer entered eternal life on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 in Bamberg, Germany.
James was one of three boys born to parents Terry and Julie Misenhimer. He has an older brother, Matthew, and a twin brother, Brian. James was born in San Diego and raised mainly in La Quinta, but also had lived in Bishop and Carlsbad for a time.
As a child growing up, he loved visiting his familyâ€™s farm in Missouri where he spent many hours fishing, riding quads with his Grandpa Ned, and exploring with his brothers and cousins. James expressed that he always hoped to one day move to Missouri.
James graduated from La Quinta High, class of 2002. After graduating from high school, James worked as a barista for several years and attended College of the Desert. At the age of 26, James was able to complete his personal calling and enlisted in the United States Army. He was a 12B Combat Engineer and went through AIT in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. James had been stationed at Camp Casey, South Korea; served in Afghanistan with the 370th Sapper CO, 120 EN Battalion; and most recently stationed in Bamberg, Germany with the 370th Sapper Co, 54th EN Battalion. After completing his military commitments, James had plans to join the fire academy. His father Terry is a retired CalFire Fire Apparatus Engineer from the City of La Quinta; and his brother Matthew is an active CalFire Fire Captain in Wildomar.
In middle school James was a drummer in the marching band. During high school James became involved in ROTC, was instrumental in starting a La Crosse team along with his brother Brian, and joined the Riverside County Fire Explorer Scouts. James was well versed in computers and enjoyed playing video games in his spare time. He loved fishing, camping, history and animals. He volunteered at the Wild Bird Center as a teen. He enjoyed watching a variety of shows on â€śThe History Channel,â€ť as well as â€śGame of Thrones,â€ť â€śSons of Anarchy,â€ť and â€śThe Walking Dead.â€ť James was an avid movie buff.
James had a personal calling to join the military. The United States Army gave his life purpose. He has traveled much since joining the military and had gotten into photography. James has snowboarded on the Swiss Alps. He recently enjoyed a trip to Poland with close military friends and has had a chance to visit Berlin and Auschwitz; He was very interested in studying his German heritage and visiting historical sites.
James was an amazing person. He was a wonderful son, brother and uncle and friend. His kindness, sense of humor and great smile will be deeply missed.
James is survived by his mother, Julie Misenhimer (Scott Heyermann) of Bishop; father, Terry Misenhimer of Carlsbad; his brothers, Matthew Misenhimer (Bonnie) of Murrieta and Brian Misenhimer of Carlsbad; nephew, Gavin; niece, Kennedy; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Visitation and service to be held at Evans Brown Mortuary in Sun City, followed by Military Honors and interment at Riverside National Cemetery.