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Scuba instructor dies at 61

Photo credit: Sean Martens

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Kayla Fitzgerald

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A former Chico State student and certified diving instructor, James Carlson, died April 13.

“He was a certified instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) for more than 38 years and owned Valley Scuba in Chico, where he also taught private, semi-private, and group sessions year-round,” according to a public affairs email.

He paid close attention to detail and had a passion for teaching, states the public affairs email.

The University flag will be at half mast Thursday, honoring Carlson.

On Friday, a chapel service will be held at Brusie Funeral Home at 626 Broadway St.

Kayla Fitzgerald can be reached at [email protected] or @kaylafitz_20 on Twitter.

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4 Responses to “Scuba instructor dies at 61”

  1. Peggy gahey on April 20th, 2017 6:37 pm

    Awesome patient sweet man! He is the only one who could get me over my fear of diving. He was a special gift , and he will be missed.

  2. Peggy Fahey on April 20th, 2017 6:38 pm

    Awesome patient sweet man! He is the only one who could get me over my fear of diving. He was a special gift , and he will be missed.
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  3. Thomas Fahey, Dept. Kinesiology on April 21st, 2017 5:48 pm

    Jim was an excellent instructor who was passionate about scuba diving. He taught 100 students per semester in his scuba classes for the past 20 years and was always among the most popular instructors in the department. He was an avid professional who will be missed.

  4. Robert B., Chico State Graduate on May 24th, 2017 3:27 pm

    When I was a graduate student, I took his scuba diving class at the university. He was a great teacher, and very professional. He will be missed.

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