In Memory

James Yang

James Yang

James Yang (October 17, 1934 - October 14, 2018), 84 years old, of Temple City, California, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Jim was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and was a 1953 graduate of Farrington High School. After high school, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War. Upon completing his military service, he moved to California and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles where he played football and majored in Education. This is also where he met the love of his life, Ramona Ancheta. They were married for 58 years.

Jim was hired as a teacher and football coach at St Francis High School in La Canada, where he was part of a highly successful program. He was then named the head football coach and athletic director for South Pasadena High School where he enjoyed a 30-year career. Under his guidance, South Pasadena became a perennial power, winning the CIF title in 1975. In recognition of his career, he was elected into the South Pasadena Athletics Hall of Fame. Jim went on to coach football at Occidental College, where he was part of the staff which led Occidental to the National Division III play-offs. 

Jim visited his homeland of Hawaii often, where he enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He was an avid golfer and football fan, never missing a chance to cheer on his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish. But his biggest love in life was spending time with his six grandchildren, who all loved him just as much. Jim was highly respected and recognized as a man of quiet integrity, who lived his life always trying to do the right thing. He instilled this in his family and they will move forward with his lessons and love in their hearts.

He was a longtime parishioner of St Luke's Catholic Church. Jim is lovingly remembered by his wife Ramona Yang of Temple City and his three children, Michael Yang (Dawn) of Del Mar, Corinne Carter (Bill) of Pasadena, and Randall Yang (Anita) of Pasadena. He will be especially missed by his six grandchildren:  Katie Carter Elia (Mario), Alison, Jameson, Jillian, Haley, and Taylor Yang. 

Pasadena Star-News, October 18, 2018

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10/21/18 09:57 PM #1    

Christopher Magamez (1979)

Coach, teacher, mentor, and friend. I will never forget you. You were larger than life to me. Thank you.

Mankind lost a wonderful man. Heaven received a wonderful, faithful man. Godspeed.

Chris "Magumba" Magamez
Class of 1979

05/28/21 08:02 PM #2    

Daniel Penkoff (1978)

Dan Penkoff (1978). In addition to his duties as football coach, Jim taught Drivers Education. Since my dad was a Sergeant with the California Highway Patrol, I thought I knew enough about driving. Not so much! Jim was a role model for me and the rest of us in the student body. He is always on my mind. My thoughts and prayers to his family. A gentle human being. 

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