James Montondon, 88, of Bridge City, died Friday, Jan. 1. He was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Port Arthur, to Mary Alice Breaux Montondon and Clarence Joseph Montondon and was a lifelong resident of the area.

James enjoyed duck hunting, sailing and was an avid reader. He was a member of The Port Arthur Yacht Club on Pleasure Island and he spent many days sailing Sabine Lake. He retired from the Local 610 Carpenters Union after 50 years of service. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was a man who had a tremendous joy for life.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Dolores Montondon and son, Dallas Montondon and his wife, Andrea, all of Bridge City; daughters, Adrienne Montondon Skiles and her husband, Tommy, of Tiki Island and Suzanne Montondon of Beaumont; grandchildren, Jason Montondon, Leigh Ann Montondon, Keene Wilson, Parke Wilson, Boone Howard, Lauren Hill and Brooke Hill; great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Madilyn Castillo and Ava Montondon and brother, Rusty Montondon and his wife, Nancy, of Port Arthur.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Travis Montondon and his brother, Reverend Monsignor Walter Montondon.

A gathering of Mr. Montondon’s family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with his funeral service to follow at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th St., Nederland. His interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Montondon’s name may be made to the Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 9th Avenue, Port Arthur, Texas 77642.