Matthew James "Jim" Zetz III
1951 - 2014
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MATTHEW "JIM" JAMES ZETZ III was born on August 27, 1951 and passed on to the Holy Gates of Heaven at the age of 62 on July 11, 2014. He was surrounded by his loving family until the very end of his nine month battle against Pancreatic Cancer. Jim was born and raised in Sacramento, California, where he attended Sacred Heart School and Jesuit High School, C/O 1970. He kept busy throughout his childhood playing baseball and football, both at Varsity levels while at Jesuit. After graduation he continued his education at San Diego State University while playing baseball for a league in Mexico. Jim later transferred to CAL Berkley where he majored in Economics. In his younger years Jim traveled throughout Europe. He was also an avid snow and water skier, enjoyed racing modified stock cars, flying a Piper Cherokee, and deep sea fishing on his family's 38ft Chris Craft. Jim became a General Contractor and for 36 years he worked out of the Bay Area, Lake Tahoe, and many other cities throughout the country. He was talented in his craft and produced amazing custom homes and structural buildings. Jim was the epitome of a hard, conscientious, self-made worker, constantly providing for his family and always making them proud. Camping, the kid's extracurricular activities, project building at home, and of course his beloved San Francisco Giants were his pride and joy. For the last 15 years, Jim has resided in Murrieta, California. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Zetz and survived by his father, Matthew J Zetz II, his wife of 25 years, Grace Zetz, siblings, Mike, Michele, Melanie, Mary-Ann and Mark, along with Jim's children Jennifer Daniels, Matthew J Zetz IV, Samantha Zetz, Monica Stricklan, Rose Zetz, and Josephine Zetz as well as their spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchild. His family would greatly appreciate any donations in his honor in lieu of flowers to help create and continue awareness, and the research in early detection and cure for Pancreatic Cancer. Please visit our family networks to learn more about our story: Facebook: Zetz Family Pancreatic Research Foundation Twitter: @zetzfamilyfund Services will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.St. Martha's Catholic Church, 37200 Whitewood Rd., Murrieta, California 92563. Private reception following Mass limited to immediate family.

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Published in The Press-Enterprise on Jul. 17, 2014.
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July 11, 2019
Who knew that later in the year that diagnosis would change everything. You are still so loved.
Grace Zetz
August 12, 2016
I know this is 2 years late, but I wanted to send the family my condolences. I didn't know him but I ran across his heartbreaking story on Pinterest & I had to check on him only to have my hopes crushed & a heavy heart. What he did was & will forever be beautiful. It's something she will remember for the rest of her life. May God continue to bless this beautiful family & comfort them. May he rest in Peace.
Ashia Powell
September 5, 2015
I remembered my Dad in him .

_ Ariane
August 3, 2015
Rest in peace :)
Fatima Duncan
May 8, 2015
I came across this after seeing a story about how he was there to see he daughter "walk down the aisle" beautiful story, and let me tell you, it truly hit home. God bless you sir, and I hope your daughter has the best memories of that day!- Christina Lawrence of Arkansas
Christina Lawrence
April 29, 2015
I didn't know Jim but I did read the story abut him and his daughter. What a brave thing to do for his daughter and himself. May he rest peacefully and in heaven where he belongs.
March 12, 2015
What a wonderful father. Josey, the memories you have with your father will always bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye...God Bless
Cynthia Laymance
March 12, 2015
Cynthia Laymance
March 11, 2015
Sorry to hear about this. I didn't know Jim but i heard about him walking Josie down the aisle. what a wonderful thing to do knowing he only had a short while left on this earth. R.I.P
February 14, 2015
You were truly a great man. A role model. It brought tears to my eyes when I read about you walking Josie down the isle. You were a great man and a great father. Although I didn't know you or your family, you have touched my heart. Rest Easy.
December 29, 2014
What a truly wonderful memory of father and daughter Bless the photographer who made this happen!
sarah c lagnado
December 21, 2014
May he rest in peace in the arms of jesus and may he be missed by everyone that he knew
Megan Gallop
December 6, 2014
I'm so sorry for your loss. I was so impressed with the obvious love in your family. Best Wishes.
October 4, 2014
I had to check for you Jim, but found out that you were already gone; though I don't know you prior to now, but the truth is I was deeply touched by the way you arranged to walk you daughter- Josie down the aisle, knowing you were soon to be gone. Jim, God bless your soul!
Rotimi Robert
September 5, 2014
My sincere condolescence...
Goh YQ
August 27, 2014
I had watched the video of Jim & his daughter. It was very heart warming & touched my heart. Sending my prayers to the family
August 19, 2014
Santania F
August 10, 2014
Sorry for your loss
Antoine Johnson
July 22, 2014
I'm so very sorry for your loss. When I watched Jim walk Josie down the aisle on her birthday, it was obvious to me that Jim was a very kind and loving man. My sincere condolences to your lovely family.
July 22, 2014
My sincere condolences. I'm truly, very sorry for your loss. I could see what a very special and kind man Jim was when I watched the video as he walked Josie down the isle on her birthday. Thank you for sharing that.
July 22, 2014
Grace I'm so sorry for your loss, from the Trevino Family, our deepest condolences
Rene' Trevino, Jr.
July 18, 2014
Jim & Grace's family
Grace Zetz
July 18, 2014
Daddy walks his little girl down the aisle
Grace Zetz
July 18, 2014
When Daddy walked our daughter down the Aisle
Grace Zetz
July 18, 2014
I did not know Jim, but I was moved to click here and read about him. I too am battling Cancer, so in that sense, He was my Brother. The photo of Grace and Jim is true Love. I know that he is in Heaven, waiting for you, looking after you, and he is in the arms of our savior and God.. May God Bless you and your family- Dan Kasper In Hemet
Dan Kasper
July 17, 2014
Dear Grace and family. So sad to hear of Jim's passing but happy to have read about his fulfilling life of loves and travels. You are an amazing selfless and strong woman. God blessed you with Jim's friendship, love and your beautiful daughters. Bless you, Cousin, and know that you and your beautiful family are and have been in our prayers. Love Rose & family
Rose Benoit
July 17, 2014
To have & to hold until death do us part <3
After 27 years I will miss his hugs and reminding me to just "Breathe".....everything will be ok. RIP my dear husband.
Grace Zetz
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