James, 19, was a freshman at Sonoma State University. His family mourns a young man who was an accomplished musician, who loved the outdoors, and who excelled academically.
A memorial service in celebration of James' life will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 4 p.m. at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda, California.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to Sonoma County Search and Rescue, 2265 Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa, California 95403.
James attended Wagner Ranch Elementary School and Orinda Intermediate School and graduated from Miramonte High School in 2010, where he played in the band and in the orchestra.
He continued his musical studies at Sonoma State, where he played in the string orchestra and other ensembles.
James was a loving son and brother who is sorely missed by his mother and father, Bill and Vangie Abriel, his sister and brother, Annie Laurie and Will Abriel, his grandmother Jean Greek, and his aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.