Written by The Herald-News
James Daniel Gess, 46, of Vallejo, Calif., died July 31, 2013, in his sleep of natural causes.
He was born June 14, 1967, in Berkeley, Calif.
He attended Moraga schools and was graduated from Campolindo High School in 1985. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1990, with a bachelor of science degree in audio engineering.
A self-taught musician, he played the guitar and harmonica. He was an integral part of the Bay Area Blues scene, sharing the stage with amateurs and professionals.
Preceded in death by his mother, Hollie, Jim is survived by his father, Victor, of Lafayette, Calif.; his sisters, Cynthia Jorgensen, (daughter - Kelsey) of Discovery Bay, Calif., and Catherine (Michael) Mullenberg of Walnut Creek, Calif.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church, 2425 Olivera Road, Concord, Calif. Interment followed the service at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. A “Life Remembered Memorial” service was held on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church 433 Orinda Way, Orinda, Calif.