Juneau resident James Parto Vernon, 36, died Jan. 3, 2003, in Juneau of natural causes.
James was born March 31, 1967, in Olongapo City, Philippines. He was the son of retired Navy officer Richard John Vernon of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Juanita Parto Climacosa. He moved to Alaska in 1991, residing in Sitka before moving to Juneau in 1992.
Vernon was known by family, friends, and even strangers for his friendliness, goofy sense of humor, and his immense generosity, his family said. Many describe him as having a big heart because he always placed others' needs before his own. His family said he was a great son, brother, friend, confidant, father, and mahjong player. He was well loved for his kind-heartedness and will be greatly missed by friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Teodoro Climacosa.
He is survived by his longtime girlfriend, Gina Gonzales; his 20-month-old son, Dylan Richard Vernon; stepson Charles Edward Creekpaum, mother Juanita Parto Climacosa of Olangapo, Philippines; father Richard John Vernon of Pittsburgh; brother Robert Parto of Juneau; sisters Mutya, Jenethe, Crisanta and Pinay of Olangapo City, Philippines; Nanay Esing (Gina's mother), Marites (Gina's sister), and nieces Donna and Marianne de la Paz, all of Juneau.
There will be a viewing 6-9 p.m. Jan. 9-10 at Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. A memorial celebration of his life will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at St. Paul's Catholic Church. The service will be officiated by the Rev. Tony Dummer and a meal will follow. Those wishing to express condolences are welcome to attend the viewing or memorial service.