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James D. Hafer(1947 - 2013)

James "Jim" Daniel Hafer of Saginaw passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, of natural causes at the age of 66. Mr. Hafer enjoyed a full life surrounded by his loving family, friends and colleagues. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville. Officiating will be Pastor Richard Ellis of Reunion Church in Dallas. A luncheon and reception will follow at Brio Tuscan Grille, 1431 Plaza Place, Southlake. Memorials: Flowers may be sent to Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, or donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Mr. Hafer was born in Allentown, Pa., 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, Fla., 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 from U.S. Naval School as a radioman class A on July 14, 1967, from the U.S. Naval Training Center in San Diego, Calif. He and Suzanne were married only four days later on July 18, 1967, in El Paso. 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 to Irving, where the family lived until they moved to nearby Hurst 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. For the past nine years, Mr. Hafer worked in the hospitality industry for a family-owned company in Fort Worth. He was especially proud of his accomplishments in developing a loyal customer base in South Central Texas. Survivors: His wife of 46 years, Suzanne Darlene Hafer; brother, David Allen Hafer of Bull Shoals, Mo.; sister, Judith Ann Summers of Hobbs, N.M.; son, Matthew David Hafer of Flower Mound; son, Jeremy Daniel Hafer and his wife, Heidi Rochon Hafer, of Dallas; and his granddaughter, Kaitlynne Nicole Hafer of Southlake.

Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 8, 2013
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