James (Jim) Manning Sadler passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 in the Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii following a brief illness. Mr. Sadler had lived on the island since his retirement from the Freer, Texas School System where he was Assistant Superintendent.
Mr. Sadler was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on September 25, 1958 to Joe Lynn and Ann Ward Sadler. He graduated from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi while at the same time, earned his pilots license and scuba diving certificate. James attended Del Mar College and completed a course in underwater welding. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in science and education from Texas A&M Corpus Christi. While working in the Corpus Christi, Kauai (Hawaii), Flour Bluff, Leon, Needville and Freer school districts, he taught biology, earth science, mathematics and chemistry before moving into administration.
Mr. Sadler married Kathryn Rose Rosales of Corpus Christi, Texas. Their two children are Robert Jacob and Nova Jean.
As time allowed, James’ love of the sea kept him underwater doing what he loved most – scuba diving. This hobby took him to many places in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaiian Islands, Thailand, Philippines, Bali and Malaysia. His other hobbies included piloting not only sea craft, but also small planes and souring in glider planes. Shortly after returning to Kauai, his neighbor, Rocky, convinced him to join a motorcycle club that had other retired members of the teaching profession.
Mr. Sadler was preceded in death by his father, Joe Lynn Sadler. Survivors include wife, Arien Podiotan, mother, Ann Ward Sadler, son, Robert Jacob Sadler (Ginger Curry), daughter, Nova Jean Sadler (John Thompson), grandchildren, Amber Star McGee, Noah Lynn Sadler, and Vivien Leigh Sadler, sisters, Chris Lacey (Rocky Davis), Vickie Hughes, aunts, Ann Sadler Walston, Mary Ward Keeling (Jack), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A “Celebration of Life” was held for James on September 2, 2019 in Oma, Kauai. Following a Hawaiian tradition, he was honored with the “Releasing of Leis” ceremony into the Pacific Ocean.
As a native son of Texas and direct descendent of the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto, his last request was to be buried in Texas soil. James’ final resting place will be in New Salem Cemetery near the Centerview Community in Leon County. A private graveside family service will be held at a later date. Garden Island Mortuary of Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii was in charge of arrangements.