The spirit of James Arron Fregia has gone to heaven to join with his many friends and family members. Greeting Jim there was his mother Zada Meyers, son Daniel Fregia, two brothers Lester and Henry Fregia, as well as a large number of friends and his comrades in arms.
Born Aug. 24, 1926, in Batson, Texas, he was the third of three sons.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Waller Fregia; daughter Katheryn Lee Brooks of Angleton, Texas; Dr. James Allen Fregia of Odessa, Texas; Dale Edward Fregia of Majorca, Spain; and stepsons Roy Hunter Harris of Peoria, Ariz., and Troy Allen Harris of Dayton, Texas, along with 12 grandchildren.
Jim proudly served his country in the navy in 1944. He was stationed in Tennian Guam. After the war, he transferred to the air force. There he spent 20 years traveling and working in several locations including England, Bermuda and Cheyenne, Wyo., and his last assignment was at the Pentagon. Jim retired as a Lt. Colonel.
While in the military, he received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and his master’s degree from North Dakota State University. He taught psychology and public speaking in several colleges which included the Air University, Texas A&M and Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas. He had a private practice in counseling and hypnotherapy. He was an ordained minister and performed many marriages. After moving to Colorado, he continued to teach part time at Pueblo Community College.
Jim and Pat (the Dream Team) were guest speakers on radio and TV shows across the United States and in many English-speaking countries around the world teaching dream interpretation for 20 years.
While in Texas, he and his wife founded the Omnicenter, a holistic healing facility. He wrote “Keys to Effective Counseling” and co-authored the book, “Know your Dreams and Know Yourself” with his wife, Pat. They published numerous articles in “Venture Inward” a publication for Association for Research and Enlightenment as well.
At 72 years of age, Jim climbed Pagosa Peak with his wife and friends. He lived for the last 13 years in Pagosa Springs, where he strived to better the community, including chairing the fund-raising efforts to enlarge and update equipment for the northern Inclusion of the Pagosa Fire District. He spent 15 years as a Hospice volunteer in Texas and Colorado. His hobbies included dirt biking, hiking, horseback riding, climbing, sailing and scuba diving. He loved history and was an avid reader.
Jim was a man of great integrity and understanding and was a “father figure” to many. His life was spent on a spiritual quest which included two pilgrimages to India. A James A. Fregia scholarship fund is being set up at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas.
There will be a memorial service in June in Pagosa Springs. At Jim’s request, donations may be made to the scholarship fund in lieu of flowers.