James Alford Constantin, Jr., 71, of Norman, Oklahoma passed away peacefully on March 29, 2018 at the VA Hospital of Oklahoma City the day before his 72nd birthday.
Jim was born March 30, 1946 to the late Dr. James and Wanda Constantin in Austin, Texas. He was a man of many jokes and he was filled with a wealth of humor. He loved to do things outside such as water ski, work on cars and tractors, and tinker with anything he could pull apart. He was an inventor and invented many handy personal contraptions. He was very close to his siblings and loved his family and friends. He was the kind of man that would be there if you needed him.
Jim was in the U.S. Navy and served as an electrical repairman at the rank of EM2 on the USS Seahorse, a nuclear submarine and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged after four years of service in 1968, but reenlisted for another six years. He was again honorably discharged in 1974 from the Naval Sub Base in Groton, CT with the rank of Electricians Mate Petty Officer 1st Class (EM1). During these last six years, he earned the Good Conduct Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Navy Expeditionary Medal. While in service, he attended Nuclear Power School, which led to his career with Arkansas Power & Light and South Texas Nuclear Project.
He worked in the nuclear power plant industry for over twenty years and retired from South Texas Nuclear Project. He was also a volunteer fire fighter while he lived in Russellville, Arkansas.
Jim is survived by his two children, Julie Constantin Barajas and James A. Constantin, III with his wife, Sylvia Constantin; his grandchildren Brady Barajas, Justin Constantin, and Jacob Constantin; his three siblings, Katherine Beaird with her husband Robert Beaird, Anne Birge with her husband Ray Birge, and Jules Constantin, II with his wife Mary Jane ; and many other family and friends.
We will miss his smile, his jokes, his laughter, and most of all the love he had for his family and friends.
Published on July 11, 2018