James (Jim) Nowatzki was born in Langdon on February 19, 1940 to Eva and Joseph Nowatzki. He attended grade school in rural West Hope Township beginning when he was four years old.
When in the fourth grade he completed two years of school in one year. He graduated from St. Alphonsus High School in Langdon as valedictorian when he was 16. He attended St. John University on scholarship his first year of college, and then graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in mechanical engineering with honors when he was 20. He then moved to New Jersey to work for Bell Telephone Laboratories, and while ther he completed his Master Degree in mechanical engineering at New York University working on underwater telephone cables acroos the Atlantic Ocean. He married Aileen O’Leary in 1966 in New Jersey. They moved to California, and he worked for Bendix Corporation beginning in 1968. While working in California he also graduated from Anderson School of Business at UCLA, and received his P.E. degree as a licensed professional engineer. He eventually retired from L3 Communications. He enjoyed riding his bicycle, hiking, traveling, reading and spending time with his family. Together with his wife, he traveled the world enjoying both culturally significant locations and sites of natural wonder.
Jim is survived by his wife Aileen, son Jonathan, daughters Laura and Heather, sons-in-law Brian and Michael, three grandchildren; Declan, Logan and Hartley; brothers Robert Nowatzki and John Nowatzki; sisters Margaret (Peggy) Straub and Catherin Linzbach.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, and his daughter Christine.
Jim passed away on June 15, 2017 at the age of 77, in Northridge, Calif. Funeral service was held Thursday, June 22, 2017. Interment was immediately following his funeral mass at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, Calif.