James McKenzie
1964 - 2020
Share James's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
James McKenzie

James Donald McKenzie, 55, of Mesa, AZ passed away on March 16, 2020. James (Jimmy) was born April 18, 1964 in Cheverly, MD. Jimmy is survived by sister Patricia (Robert) Hops of Victor, NY, nephews Patrick LeJeune of San Diego, CA and Matthew Hops of Victor, NY, nieces Elizabeth LeJeune of Oakland, CA, Natalie Hops and Christine Hops of Victor, NY, aunts Dixie (Terry) Ihnat of Cicero, IN and Rosemary (Danny) Sprinkle of Tipton, IN and several cousins. Jimmy is predeceased by his sister Mary Gentry of San Marcos, CA, parents Donald and Virgene McKenzie of Scottsdale, aunt Ann Campbell and cousin Ryan Campbell of Hobart, IN and cousin Erin Epp of Tipton, IN. Jimmy grew up in suburban Chicago and Ann Arbor, MI until his family moved to Scottsdale in 1980. Jimmy was a graduate of Chaparral High Class of 1982. Jimmy loved to travel and his career as a dental sales rep took him to Philadelphia, Brussels and Atlanta in the 80's and early 90's. He returned to the Valley in 1992 and loved living in the Phoenix metro area, proclaiming Phoenix as "my city". Jimmy was an avid sports fan and adopted the local teams whenever he relocated. His love of the Chicago Cubs started as a preschooler and he could recite the Cubs starting lineup as a 4-year-old. He had a vast knowledge of nearly all sports and could talk for hours on end about any of his favorite teams, especially the Cubs, Michigan Wolverines, AZ Coyotes, AZ Cardinals, AZ Diamondbacks and of course his beloved Sun Devils. Jimmy had a kind heart and was very devoted to his family. He struggled after the loss of his sister Mary and especially after the loss of his cherished parents. Jimmy believed that dog was man's best friend and was very devoted to his dogs Cu and Queenie. A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Patrick's Catholic Community in Scottsdale and he will be interred at Paradise Memorial Gardens. A donation can be made to Lost Our Home Pet Rescue.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 25 to Mar. 29, 2020.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Not sure what to say?
4 entries
March 26, 2020
My condolances to Patty.and Aunt Dixie.and family.I met Jimmy in 2004,,Lots of Memories,Weve had our ups&downs,but always remained friends.Im glad i got to spend more time with Jimmy in the past 3 years,I know he struggled with his health,.and He missed his Parents emmencly,I know that Jimmy is happy now with his Sister Mary.his Parents.and of course his dog Cu,.and No more illness and feeling down,.He was his own person,spoke his mind.and was a good friend,Jimmy. You touched more lives than you know.and I will always love and remember you,RIP my friend,Till we meet again..oxox.Tina Zizzo
Tina Zizzo
March 25, 2020
Dear Patty
Our deepest sympathy to you, Rob and Family.
We hope you cherish your memories and loving concern you always had for James.
We are remembering you in our prayers. With sympathy.
Marilyn (MacDonald) Snedden and Family in Alberta.
Marilyn Snedden
March 25, 2020
Jimmy you made a big impact on many people. Those traits will continue to live on. Rest In Peace my dear friend.
Bill McCulloch
March 25, 2020
I remember Jim when we both worked at GC, way back "when." So sorry, Patty, to hear this news. Now there are four McKenzie's looking down on us from Heaven.
Jan Ferris
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences