Jim Barstow is a 1977 graduate of Ridgewood High School and was born, raised and still resides in the Fresno area.
He joined the United States Navy in December 1977 and served until December 1981. At the time of his discharge he was a Petty Officer 2nd Class Radioman.
He is a member of the American Legion Post #65; Army-Navy Garrison #628; AMVETS Post #36; VFW Post #1330; Coshocton County Honor Guard and the Coshocton County Veterans Council with whom he serves as First Vice-Commander.
He began working at the Coshocton County Veterans Service Office in January 2010.