James E. “Jim” Howard

James E. “Jim” Howard

March 8, 1940 – July 10, 2019

James E. Howard, 79, passed away in Modesto on July 10, 2019.  He was born in March of 1940 in Merced, CA to Fred & Eileen Howard.  He grew up in the Merced Falls & Snelling area.    He graduated from Turlock High School in 1958.  In September of 1963 he married his wife of 55 years, Bernadette.  The two spent a lifetime raising three children, Bonnie, Sabrina and James II.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to camp, fish and hunt. He enjoyed traveling to the beach and the mountains and often spent vacations at both.  He loved spoiling his grandkids and was lovingly referred to as “Pop” by his family.  You could count on him to have a book in his hand or SF Giants baseball game on TV.

Jim spent nearly 28 years serving the community of Turlock as a Police Officer and he retired as a Sergeant in 1996.  He was a loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jim is survived by his wife Bernadette “Bernie”; daughters Bonnie Santiesteban (Mando) and Sabrina Howard; grandchildren Madison Curtiss (Dustin), Dalton Santiesteban, and Gianna Howard; great-granddaughter Clara Curtiss; sister Linda Baylis and brother Dana Howard.  He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Eileen Howard, son James Howard II and granddaughter Maya Santiesteban.

Services will be held at Allen Mortuary on Tuesday, July 23 at 1:00pm.


  • Patty Vincent July 12, 2019 11:03 pm

    Sympathy and love to his entire family.

  • Brock and Dalia Rose July 12, 2019 11:51 pm

    Our prayers are with you all. Jim was an amazing man and will be missed dearly. Love you.

  • Marlene Parkinson July 13, 2019 12:20 am

    So sorry for your loss.Prayers for all of
    You at this difficult time.

  • Louisa Allen July 13, 2019 1:51 am

    What a pleasure to attend Turlock High School and graduate with Jim in 1958.
    Our condolences go to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

  • Jeff, Daneen & Blake Barker July 13, 2019 3:10 am

    Jim was a great man & will be missed by all that knew him. Sending much love & prayers to you all! We love you

  • Ellen Wallen O’Brien July 13, 2019 6:29 am

    Our love and deepest condolences from the Billy Wallen Family …. so many happy memories with Jim and Bernie. Love,Joan,Ellen and Greg Wallen

  • Henry and Bonnie Alberti July 14, 2019 12:15 am

    Many memories with Jim and Bernie, Bonnie, Sabrina and James are remembered at this time. So sorry Bernie. Henry and I will always remember, our prayers to you and all the family.

  • Bart Sargenti and Family July 14, 2019 8:54 pm

    Thoughts and prayers to the Howard family.

  • Dixie Olson July 23, 2019 9:15 am

    To Bernie, your children, and grand children,Im sorry to hear of the passing of Jim, my husband Don Olson worked with Jim, and please know he was an outstanding officer, he was kind and had the best laugh, be very proud of the officer he was, my thoughts and prayers are sent to you, I know Don, and other Turlock officers where there to welcome Jim into heaven, God bless and comfort you all

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