James Lee Ditty
A memorial mass is scheduled for James Lee Ditty at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with an interment at East Line Street Cemetery followed by a potluck at his home at 2300 Loch Lomond. Bring your favorite dish and share a story about our wonderful father.
Along with Richard Noles, Jim was instrumental in the first Buckley ponds project “Duck Pond.” One balmy summer evening, Jim, along with grandson Tim, chopped their way through the tules into Duck Pond and settled down for some serious fishing. Words can’t describe that great feeling of watching Tim catch his first fish. Dad said it was a rite of passage, almost as old as time.
At that point, it was obvious to Jim, that more families should have the opportunity to enjoy these peaceful fishing holes, which clogged with dense reed-like tulies that retarded the pond’s value even for the ducks.
Soon Jim and Dick Noles hatched a plan to restore warm water fishing, and water fowl habitat to the five ponds. From a modest beginning with a few volunteers on the first pond in 1989, the project grew to various government agencies, almost 250 volunteers and 75 pieces of donated equipment. “Everybody contributed,” said Jim.
That’s how this community gets things done! To date, they are cleaning and restocking the ponds. This was Jim’s biggest passion. Thank you to our wonderful community for helping him achieve one of his dreams.
Survivors include his children, Alma Ditty of San Diego, Tom Ditty and wife Paula of Sutter Creek, Karen Ditty and Chris Ditty; and friend, Nicky, all of Bishop; grandchildren, Jamie Lisle and husband Justin, Timothy Morton and wife Taurina, Audra Feigner and friend Mert, Jessica Stamper, and Kelsey and Walker Ditty, all of Bishop, Angela Stamper of Gardnerville, Nev., and Elyshia, Sarah, Zachary and Jacob Ditty of Sutter Creek; and great-grandchildren, Alex and William Morton, Tyson and Madison Hill of Bishop, and Chase Edward Lisle of Las Vegas, Nev.
He will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.