James (Jim) Lee Lovejoy, age 70, was born in Meadville, Pa., in 1938 and passed unexpectedly on July 3, 2008 in Evergreen, Colorado.
Jim achieved much in his life. He grew up in an orphanage, having been placed there after the death of his mother. In high school Jim excelled with the trumpet and, after graduating in 1956, he joined the U.S. Navy as a seaman musician recruit. Discovering that his true talents lay elsewhere, Jim switched to the aviation branch of the Navy and became an Avionics Technician. He was selected for the Naval Aviation Cadet program and in 1961 received his gold Naval Aviator wings and was commissioned a Navy Ensign.