Remembering Jim Schultz


Jim Schultz, 62, was Beloved Napa Teacher


Jim Schultz, 62, a popular teacher for many years, died May 15, 2011 of complications from cancer.

He instructed seventh and eighth graders in math and wood shop, said Silverado principal Mike Mansuy.

Schultz started teaching at Silverado in 1977 and worked there until 1986, when he left to operate his own construction business in Napa.

He returned to Silverado in 1993 and remained a teacher there until his death.

Schultz’s wife Anny described her husband as a dedicated teacher who had a lot of friends.

“Jim really gave a lot of himself to the kids. They have started a Facebook page where many kids have posted their feelings for him,” she said. “It shows how the students felt about him.”

His wife remembers that Schultz had high expectations for his students.’
“But he understood what kids are going through. He was there to teach and motivate them,” she said.

“Jim was not the kind of guy to wait around for things to happen. If he wanted something, he went after it.”

Patty Wyman, Schultz’s sister-in-law, teaches a leadership class at Silverado.

“I knew Jim for about 20 years. He had a way with kids. What was great about him was he lived in the practical world, and as a general contractor brought his math and woodwork skills to the classroom,” Wyman said.

She said her brother-in-law returned to teaching because he was “a natural born teacher.

“Jim was an unselfish person. And for him it wasn’t all about teaching: The community, staff and his friends were a huge part of his life. There is a wonderful camaraderie among the community,” Wyman said.

“He was a huge part of the Silverado community.”

Wyman said at the school “Jim was the go-to guy. He was a loyal true friend. If anyone needed him, he was there for them.”

Wyman also recalls Schultz’s love of cooking: “He was a great chef.

“The man was also hilarious,” she added. “He always had a story.”

Published in the Napa Valley Patch, May 19, 2011

SchultzJames2James Schultz passed away Sunday, May 15, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 19, 1948, to Harlan and Eyvonne (Finger) Schultz in St. Maries, Idaho.

In 1953 his family relocated to San Francisco. During his childhood he became involved in the Boy Scouts of America, joining the first Scout Troop at Bay View Elementary School, in Hunter’s Point. As teenagers, the same group of boys from Cub Scout Pack 148 became Explorer Troop 148, becoming expert rock climbers and certified Sierra Club rock climbing instructors. The troop spent two weeks every summer hiking and rock climbing in the Sierras.

Jim attended Lowell High School. While there, he played football and was a member of the tennis team. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force. He served in Vietnam and Thailand. During this time, his love of travel became an important part of his life.

Upon his return, he enrolled in the College of San Mateo and then transferred to San Francisco State University. He went on to complete his teaching credential with majors in physical education and math. His graduation present to himself was a motorcycle trip through Europe.

In 1976, he traveled from Sonoma County to Napa to become the “rookie” on the Silverado Junior High/Middle School staff, where he spent the next 10 years. He was a popular, beloved teacher and team leader. Always the wandering soul, he left teaching to start his own construction company, Schultz Construction. There are numerous lovely homes and buildings in our area and around the Bay Area as a testament to his skill as a craftsman.

In 1993, the love of teaching had him return to Silverado Middle School, where he taught math and wood shop until his illness made him unable to continue.

In 1981, he married Pam Byrnes. They had three children together: Kimberly, Natalie and Mathew. In 2000, fate brought Jim and Anny Elshere together. They were married in 2001 and began the great adventure of their lives.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Anny; his father, Harlan Schultz; his mother, Eyvonne Shea (John); his brother, Jerry; and sisters, Lois Rogan (Bob), Beth and Deb (Bob). He also is survived by his former wife, Pam Schultz, and their children Kim, Natalie and Mathew. He is survived by his stepchildren, Garrett Elshere, Lynnsey Kitchens (Jeff) and Liane Elshere (Ed Stanley).

He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mona Humpert; sisters-in-law, Patty Wyman (John) and Laurie Gordon (Iver Vaaler); brothers-in-law, Bob, Scott (Christy) and Stuart Humpert and John Gordon and Frank and Analee Humpert. He will be missed by his grandchildren, Sydney, Liam and Quinn Kitchens, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Friday, May 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Turnbull Hall at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, located at 1917 Third Street, Napa. Friends and family are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the donor’s preferred charity. Memories and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at

Published in the Napa Valley Register, May 23, 2011

Remembrances may also be left of Jim’s Facebook Memorial Page

Rev. 5/7/2016