James W. Weston

James W. WestonJames Wesley Weston died Feb. 15, 2020. He was born Nov. 4, 1938, in N. Little Rock, Arkansas. A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, March 7, at Desert Christian Center.

James moved to Ridgecrest on July 9, 1944. His dad was in the Navy and helped open the base in 1942. At this time, there were no facilities built for women and children. In 1943 his mother moved to China Lake. His grandmother brought the children out in July 1944.

He started in second grade at the old Burroughs High School campus, and he graduated from Burroughs High School in 1956 at mid-term. He joined the Marine Corps in February 1956. He proudly served for four years and was honorably discharged in February 1960.

On April 26, 1958, he married his high school sweetheart, Christinia M. Powers, at the Church of the Nazarene. They had three children, Jamie, Maria and Sigrid. After being discharged from the military in 1960, he went back to China Lake and worked as a contractor for Associated Aero Science for nine months. He then transferred directly into the civil service in the same position. While working and raising a family, he graduated from night school at Bakersfield College with an electronic engineering degree. He continued to work in various places on the base as an electronic engineer for 33 and a half years. Jim retired in September 1993, after a total of 37 and a half years, counting his military time.

After an incident in 1972, Jim became totally blind. During a Sunday morning service at the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene four months later, a close friend stood up in the middle of the service and shouted, “Stop the service, we must pray for Jim.” The pastor was overwhelmed and asked, “What do we do, Chuck? You’re the one who heard God.” Chuck said, “Let’s call forth the elders of the church, anoint him with oil and in faith pray according to James 5:14.”

Jim’s wife brought him up front to the altar, and he sat down. They looked for some oil and finally ended up going to the kitchen for cooking oil. The elders anointed him with oil and prayed in faith. A miracle of all miracles happened; he was instantly healed and had a brand-new set of eyes with 20-20 vision. The whole church immediately began thanking God for restoring his sight.

This was the first of many medical miracles in Jim’s life. Jim Weston became an ordained minister in 1984 and was involved in part-time ministry while working full time on the base. In 1993 he went full time as associate pastor of Desert Christian Center. He loved the Lord, his wife, all his children and his family. He felt there are no in-laws or stepchildren, but that all were considered family. His first wife, Christinia, went to be with the Lord on May 6, 1984, after a long struggle with cancer. He and Donna Dewey were married on May 1, 1988, by his brother Richard Bisson, pastor of the Nazarene church in Stanley, Kan., where she was Richard’s secretary.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Earle W. Weston; stepfathers Alfred J. Bisson, Robert Oakes and Edward Harding; first wife Christinia M. Weston; brother Robert W. Weston; mother Viola E. Harding; and grandson Shawn Dewey.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Weston; children, Jamie (Colette) Weston of Vista, Robert Dewey (Cindere) of Missouri, Maria Weston of Ridgecrest, Debra (Mike) Summers of Missouri, Sigrid (Dave) Clark of Arvada, Colo., Judy (Dan) Wong of Boise, Idaho, and Bruce (Debbie) Warnick of Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe Weston of Georgia, Richard (Cathy) Bisson of Temecula, Robert (Josie) Dempsey of Camdenton, Mo.; sisters, Mae Weston of Timberon, N.M., Kathy Powers of Urbandale, Iowa, Betty Powers of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; adopted children in the Lord, Steve and Bunny Stevens, Sharon Vinson-Flores, Butch and Hope Zissos, Jim and Shari Stevens, Danny and Darla Searle, Jason and Mary Jordan, Dan and Carol Galloway (all of Ridgecrest); 18 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

— Submitted by the family of James W. Weston

Story First Published: 2020-02-28