Last ‘run’ honors 30-year volunteer firefighter

Carlisle had history of community involvement
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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A long-time Auburn resident and active community member was honored over the weekend with a last “run” through town. Jim Carlisle, who was a 30-year volunteer with the Auburn Fire Department among his many other community involvements, was escorted through Downtown Auburn by several fire engines flashing their lights and blaring their sirens before he was laid to rest Sunday. Carlisle, who moved back to Auburn with his wife, Jacqueline, in 1958, passed away Feb. 25. The Sacramento native moved to the foothills town when he was 8 years old and attended local schools until he graduated from Placer High School and went on to Sierra College and eventually the University of California, Berkeley. Jim Carlisle’s son, Tom, said his father was a “great man.” “My dad lived in this town for 70 years,” said Tom Carlisle, who is a captain with the Auburn Fire Department. “He left his mark all over this town. We did one final lap as a tribute and remembrance to him.” Janice Forbes, a retired publisher and longtime Auburn resident, said she grew up with Jim Carlisle and his family. Forbes said she knew Jim Carlisle best through their work together on what was originally the Auburn Community Foundation and is now the Placer Community Foundation. She said Carlisle was very involved in the foundation and “I could give you a long list of projects he worked on.” “For me personally, he was enjoyable on the board because he was very thoughtful and caring about the community,” Forbes said. “He appreciated the historic fabric of the community.” Tom Carlisle added that his father had a great passion for serving his community as a volunteer with the fire department from which he retired from as a captain. “He loved helping his neighbors and friends,” Tom Carlisle said. “I was extremely proud of him. I said in his eulogy that he instilled a sense of community service and community pride in all of his family that will live on for generations.” Reach Jenifer Gee at