James Daniel Hafer (1947 - 2013)

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Hafer, James (Jim) Daniel 1947 - 2013 James (Jim) Daniel Hafer of Fort Worth, Texas passed away October 3, 2013 of natural causes at the age of 66. Mr. Hafer enjoyed a full life surrounded by his loving family, friends and colleagues. Mr. Hafer was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on June 15, 1947 to Charles Frederick Hafer and Catherine Caroline Hafer, both of whom predeceased him. Mr. Hafer spent his childhood and early life as a member of a military family. During his childhood, he moved frequently with his family within the United States. Jim graduated from Key West High School in Key West, Florida in 1965, and he later received an Associate's Degree from North Lake College. He knew his future wife, Suzanne Darlene Sargent, from their early childhood, as she was also a child of a military family. The Hafer and Sargent families often moved to the same cities, creating an early bond between Jim and Suzanne. Jim also grew up as a close friend of his future brother-in-law, John Sargent, Jr. Mr. Hafer graduated U.S. Naval School as a Radioman Class A on July 14, 1967 from U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego, California. Jim and Suzanne were married only four days later on July 18, 1967 in El Paso, Texas. The couple's eldest son, Matthew David Hafer, was born in 1969 and their youngest son, Jeremy Daniel Hafer, was born in 1972. Mr. Hafer served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He began with the rank of Radioman Third Class aboard the U.S.S. Hissem (DER-400), a destroyer escort radar picket ship that patrolled the coast of Vietnam in 1968. Mr. Hafer rose to the rank of Radioman First Class in December, 1968, upon completing active service. Mr. Hafer served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for four more years before being honorably discharged. In 1972, shortly after the birth of their son Jeremy, Suzanne and Jim moved from El Paso, Texas to Irving, Texas where the family lived until they moved to nearby Hurst, Texas in 1984. The Hafer family resided on Sunset Drive in Hurst for the next 10 years. Soon thereafter, Suzanne and Jim moved to Fort Worth, Texas. For the past 9 years, Mr. Hafer worked in the hospitality industry for a family-owned company in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Hafer was especially proud of his accomplishments in developing a loyal customer base in South Central Texas. Mr. Hafer is survived by his wife of 46 years, Suzanne Darlene Hafer. Also surviving are his brother, David Allen Hafer of Bull Shoals, Missouri; his sister, Judith Ann Summers of Hobbs, New Mexico; his son, Matthew David Hafer of Flower Mound, Texas; his son, Jeremy Daniel Hafer and his wife, Heidi Rochon Hafer, of Dallas, Texas; and his granddaughter, Kaitlynne Nicole Hafer of Southlake, Texas. A public memorial service celebrating Mr. Hafer's life will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9th at Blue Bonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Boulevard, Colleyville, Texas. The service will be officiated by Pastor Richard Ellis of Reunion Church in Dallas. A luncheon and reception will follow at Brio Tuscan Grille, 1431 Plaza Place, Southlake, Texas. Flowers may be sent to Blue Bonnet Hills Funeral Home or donations may be made to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ("ASPCA").

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 8, 2013
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