Jenkins, James (Jim) L.
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74, went to his heavenly home September 24, 2012, after several years of health issues. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Nancy; sons Barry (Surprise), Frank and Alexandra Jenkins (Carmel, CA), James (Glendale), and daughter Arlis; (Glendale); four grandchildren: Chase, Noah, Kevin, and Neko; several cousins, and many friends. He was born in Monessen, PA, and grew up in Erie, PA. In 1957 his family moved to Tucson after a few other moves. He served in the Army and during the Berlin crisis. He was in banking in Tucson, and then moved to Phoenix to help open the Continental Bank. He started Phoenix's first computer service company, Professional Data Services. He and his partner and best friend George Stewart wrote the software that has become TicketMaster. He also wrote a restaurant software program for Macayo's, Manuel's and other restaurants in AZ. After selling his business, he moved to Carmel, CA, and started a computer business there. After eight years, he came back to Phoenix. He and his second wife adopted the first AIDS baby in AZ and 2 1/2 years later adopted a baby girl from Washington DC. Both children had their mother's antibodies and tested HIV positive at birth. By the time they were two years old, they tested negative and now are beautiful, compassionate adults. Because of the difficulties in adopting black children, Jenkins started the Children with AIDS Project of America (CWA). CWA was founded to help children infected or affected by AIDS find permanent, loving homes. Over the last 24 years, he has helped more than 100 children find their new parents. CWA also had the Tree of Life Art Gallery in Phoenix in 2003 that featured African products and young artists. Proceeds went to roof an orphanage in Malawi and repair a cottage for children at an orphanage in South Africa. It was the highlight of his last active years with CWA. He had many awards and honors for his work with CWA, including being a Hon Kachina Award winner. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 18th at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 715 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282. Donations may be made to Children with AIDS Project, PO Box 23778, Tempe, AZ 85285-3778, or
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 7, 2012