James A. Mather of Tucson, AZ unexpectedly passed away on May 6, 2014 vacationing with his wife in Holland. Jim was born on November 5, 1942 in Inglewood and grew up in Manhattan Beach, CA. He graduated from Chapman University in 1964. On World Campus Afloat he met his future wife, Karin and made two trips around the world with his surfboard. Jim served in the Army as a II Lt. during Vietnam. The Mather's were married in 1970 in CA and moved to Tucson for Jim to attend UA Law School where he also earned his MBA in Accounting. After graduation, Jim and Karin remained in Tucson where Jim worked as a ATT/CPA. Most recently, Jim owned his own business where he focused on: taxation, wills, trusts and real estate endeavors. Previously, Jim worked as a corporate attorney for Pima Savings and Loan and Alphagraphics. He was instrumental in starting Southern AZ Community Bank and served on their board. He was also on the Board of the Assistance League of Tucson as well as other community boards. Jim was a proud husband, father, grandfather, beach enthusiast, honored Rotarian, skilled woodworker, supporter of the Arizona Athletics and loved to travel. Jim is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karin; daughter, Kelly (Marty) Medvec; grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Cooper of Tucson; daughter, Lisa (Mike) Miller; grandson, Otto of Seattle. There will be a Celebration of his life for friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Jim's name be made to: UA Sarver Heart Center, P.O. Box 245046, Tucson, AZ 85724 or The Assistance League of Tucson, 1307 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on May 15, 2014