James McLaughlin, age 55, passed away in Afghanistan on April 27, 2011. Our family is overwhelmed with grief and shock. Jim was a good man who loved his family and country.

Jim enjoyed his work in Afghanistan working for L-3 MPRI. On his last visit home, he expressed much happiness with his life. His favorite quote was “count your blessings” and he did. Jim would be happy to know how much he was loved in his community where he was an avid volunteer and ham radio enthusiast.

“Jim will always be with me, and our children,” said Sandy.

Loving husband Jim is survived by wife Sandy, children Adam, James, Eve and son-in-law Jarrod, two pups Sugar and Maggie, who he loved dearly. Jim also leaves behind a sister, Jan Eble and her family in New Jersey.

He had many, many friends in the Ham Radio community, Boy Scouts, and he was a member of SCRA, Sonoma County Emergency Services, and MARS. Jim took pleasure in simple things such as taking his pups for a bike ride and simply sitting in his backyard “counting his blessings.”