Resident found dead on Auburn trail

Wife says her husband loved people, the canyon
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn man died Tuesday afternoon on the Stagecoach Trailhead near Russell Road. A mountain biker found James Beaver, who turned 68 Tuesday, lying face down on the trail at 3:20 p.m., according to Scott Liske, California State Parks ranger. The biker called 911 at 3:25 p.m. and the call came in to State Parks at 3:34 p.m. “A ranger responded to the top of the Stagecoach trail, Russell Road and met Cal Fire units there,” Liske said Wednesday. The ranger made a call to the Sheriff’s Office at 3:48 p.m., according to Lt. Jeff Ausnow, spokesman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. A concerned neighbor who lives on Lincoln Way and Russell Road called the Journal Tuesday after noticing several emergency vehicles responding to the scene. Until an autopsy is performed, the cause of death is unknown, but Beaver had a history of medical conditions, Ausnow said. “It appears the gentleman may have suffered some type of medical issue while out walking the trails,” he said. Charlotte Beaver, James Beaver’s wife of 30 years, said Wednesday James had lived in Auburn for 35 years and was a practicing attorney in Auburn. He then worked for the state of California at the Department of Real Estate. He retired last year. Charlotte Beaver said James helped raise her two children, Jeff McDonald and Julie Alvis. “He was a good stepfather,” she said. “He loved the kids. It’s a great loss. He died too soon.” James Beaver loved walking in the canyon, and enjoyed his relationships with people he met. “(He was) always happy, and he loved everybody,” Charlotte Beaver said. “He loved life, and he loved living in Auburn. He was very happy, and he died doing something he was happy with.” Reach Bridget Jones at