A memorial service will be held June 22 in Boulder Creek for longtime Boulder Creek resident James “Jimmy” Hammond who died last month. He was 68.
Mr. Hammond was born to Harvey and Evelyn (Rodgers/Perry) Hammond at Sisters Hospital on West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz.
Both parents came from pioneering families in Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek. His paternal grandfather Albert Hammond was the last blacksmith in Ben Lomond. His maternal grandfather Winfield Rodgers homesteaded on China Grade and their apple orchard is still visible today. Winfield Rodgers also started the first newspaper in Boulder Creek, “The Mountain Echo, in 1896.
Mr. Hammond was a logger, hunter, fisherman and mushroom hunter. He loved all animals, especially his dog, Luke. He was also a San Francisco Giants fan. He was a member of the Zero’s in the 1950s.
He is survived by his son Jessie Hammond of Virginia; cousin Dennis Malone and his wife Donna of Lincoln; friends Jim and Sandy Cohen of Boulder Creek; Larry and Debbie Canning of Boulder Creek; and Bill Baker of Boulder Creek.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22 at the IOOF Cemetery at the end of Harmon Street in Boulder Creek.