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Say hello to James Darling!

Posted on: October 17, 2023

“I was born July 7, 1940, in Carmel, California. I was raised in Monterey and graduated from Monterey High School in 1958. After a tour of several colleges, I finally finished at San Jose State. After sending out over sixty job applications, it came down to two districts for a job in Ventura, or Compton. Easy decision. I put in thirty-five years of teaching Physical Education and Mathematics, coaching eight different sports and spent several years working as a principal and a vice principal within the district. My favorite saying is in my 35 years, I affected over 8000 kids, hopefully for the better.

“Almost 35 years ago I lost my right leg to cancer. Overcoming this was the biggest battle of my life. Having been an athlete my whole life, I used these skills to move forward. I started swimming five days a week, joined an amputee golf association, shooting an 84 was my highlight. Loving the outdoors, I continued catching trout, harvesting deer and elk and snow skiing on my one leg. I even did disabled triathlons a couple of times. I also bragged I was one of the best one-legged cooks in California.

“My leisure time is spent playing my piano, enjoying music, especially doo-wop oldies from the 50’s. I write poetry and short stories and thrive on being in nature from Big Sur to the high Sierra’s which are places I can sit and watch streams, sunsets, redwoods, and coastal waves. These are my happy places. Thank you to those of you who have welcomed me and made my early days a comfortable time.”

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  • My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.

    Stacy B.
  • Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!

    Janie H.
  • Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.

    Kelvin F.