James K. “Jim” Thresholds | Obituary
04/25/201952 – 05/14/2021
Jim Sills was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Bill and Elsie Sills. Jim was a man of many interests. After becoming an adult, Jim found himself living on the 17th floor of a Manhattan apartment, waking up each morning to a view of the Statue of Liberty. He worked for the Arrow Shirt Company and had the opportunity to travel frequently to the East on business. This is where his love for this culture began.
Jim’s love for oriental decor was evident from the moment you walked into his house. You would be greeted by the red and black colors, the multiple dragons and the works of art, in a museum-like setting, all appropriately lit to maximize their beauty. Everything had its place and nothing was ever in its place.
Coming out of the corporate madness, Jim moved to Las Vegas and owned and operated a vitamin store. After losing his partner and soul mate, Jim moved to Elk Grove to be closer to his parents.
Once again, Jim ventured into the unknown, with another career change. Jim has accepted a position with a brand new assisted living community, Marriott Mapleridge, in Elk Grove, as a chalet coordinator. The community changed ownership and once again Jim continued to grow within the company, working as an assistant general manager, assisted living coordinator and eventually retired as an executive director. While working in the field, Jim has impacted countless lives. He touched the employees by leading all training, criticism and praise. Today, many credit Jim for their knowledge and growth in assisted living. He touched the residents when he helped them wherever possible, smiling or hugging them. He touched his family members as he spent countless hours listening to the aging concerns and frustrations of his loved ones, and then providing them with resources to help them on this journey.
Jim’s next transition took him to a house on an equestrian property in Wilton, owned by the Wold family, which has become like family and where he spent many quiet hours drinking black coffee and Diet Coke, nurturing her massive plant collection, researching family genealogy, watching her extensive movie collection and just relaxing.
Jim’s mother, Elsie was born in Hawaii, and Jim had a fondness for the islands. Having an extended family there, one of her favorite vacations was a family cruise to Hawaii to celebrate her aunt’s 100th birthday.
Jim was a devoted son and traveled frequently to Florence, Oregon, where his parents resided. He looked after his mother until her death and had recently returned from helping his father.
Sadly, Jim passed away unexpectedly on May 14. Jim leaves behind his father, Bill, a sister, Patty, a small circle of close friends and many acquaintances whose life he has touched in various ways. Jim was a person who provided emotional support, teaching and guiding as needed, but most of all was just there … He will be missed.