January 14, 1926 to April 7,2012
Jim and his son, Skip Nichols, designed and built this “Victa”, a Corvette powered custom car that Skip, a professional race car driver, says was TOO FAST.
Jim was born to James and Bernice “Patten” Nichols January 14, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa. The family moved to the Bay area of California in 1938. In 1941, they moved to the Los Angeles area. Jim graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1944. His expertise in high school drafting classes got him a good assignment with the U.S. Infantry mapping section at Fort Lewis. After his discharge from the Army, Jim went to work and part time school. He continued this pattern for the next 40 years.
In 1956, while working at McCullough engineering , Jim met and married Carol Patrick, the prettiest secretary there. Carol’s three children, Terry, Robert, and Howard (Skip) became an instant part of the Nichols family.
For the next 45 years Jim worked for several major corporations as the lead engineer. He was credited for many engineering developments that were of great advantage to his employers.
Jim and Carol moved to the Olympia area in 1979. For more than ten years Jim’s employment as engineering consultant in Southern California continued (to the great delight of the airline industry). Finally, Jim and Carol moved to the “Nichols designed and built” home in Carlyon Beach Estates. Carol , Jim’s wife of over 50 years, passed away in 2009. For most of his life, Jim loved automobiles. From the days of his ’29 A-V8 to his 2007 Corvette, Jim’s love affair with automobiles continued. If there was an auto event on the TV, you could be sure it was on Jim’s TV.
Jim passed away peacefully with his son Skip, and best buddy Fred at his side. Jim leaves his sons, Robert Nichols, Howard (Skip) Nichols, and daughter Terry Banning, grandchildren, Deanna Beasley, Laura Meyers and Darin Nichols, and 4 great grandchildren.
There will be no service.