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Memorial service for Jim Darrah, Pacific friend and husband of Judith Chambers

Jun 8, 2015

Retired San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge James Darrah passed away Wednesday, June 3, at the age of 82. Darrah was a longtime Pacific friend and husband of former Vice President for Student Life, Judith Chambers '58, '60. 

A memorial service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, in Morris Chapel. 

A Stockton native, Darrah returned to Stockton to practice law after graduating from Stanford law school. With his father, he formed the law firm of Darrah and Darrah in 1960. Ten years later, he won the seat for Superior Court judge and served 22 years, five as presiding judge. 

His first wife of 46 years, former Stockton mayor Joan Darrah '74, passed away in 2007. The two have three children, daughter Jeanne Darrah, son Peter Darrah '99, a graduate of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, and John Darrah, who also preceded him in death. 

Darrah married longtime friend Judith Chambers in 2010. In recent years, the two have enjoyed retirement, traveling and spending time with family. He is a longtime friend and supporter of University of the Pacific, and was often at University events.  He was known for his kindness, integrity and great sense of humor. 

Read a recent story about Jim Darrah in the Stockton Record>>

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