James Harleston Linden Sr.

May 26, 1929 - November 25, 2017

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James Harleston Linden Sr., born May 26, 1929 in Grayson, Texas, a resident of Downey the past 60 years, passed away at his home on Saturday, November 25, 2017 surrounded by his family.  A beloved father and husband, James was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Peggy Linden, and grandsons Christopher Clark and Michael Linden and great-granddaughter Angel Guzman. James is survived by his wife of six years, Phoebe Linden, and his children: David Linden (David (Cassandra), Summer Linden); James Linden Jr. (Carrie, James, Richard and Peggy Linden); Scott Linden; Deanna (Esquiel) Linden Guzman (Chimimara Clark, Crystal Clark, Christopher Clark **D.O.D. 10/28/99, Camie (Jorge) Calzada, Eloy (Becka) Guzman); Robin (Evelyn) Linden (Lauren, John, James, Hayden); Vel (Michael) Akseven (Tanner Akseven); Wendy (Frederick) Linden (Albert (Veronica) Parral); Misty (Stephan) Hausmann (Tabetha Sandberg, Linden Hausmann); Pix (Darrel) Linden (Raine, Abby); Dutch (Kristine) Linden (Justin, Emily, Hunter, Aurora); and Jerry Hoffman.


James served this Nation honorably in the United States Army and the United States Marine Corp, in which he served two deployment tours in Korea. James was a businessman in South Gate for over 35 years, as well as a member of the South Gate Elks Lodge and South Gate Optimist Club, and serving as president of the South Gate Chamber of Commerce from 1984-1985.


James had a flair for cracking jokes and always being a positive person; even on his death bed he still managed a little bit of that familiar humor. There will be a private family and close friends memorial on Saturday, December 9, 2017.  In lieu of flowers please make a tax deductible donation in James Linden’s name to the Downey Rose Float Association (www.downeyrose.org) or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (www.lds.org).