James Everett Strange
1941 - 2021
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James Everett Strange

Phoenix - James Everett Strange, 79, of Phoenix, AZ passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

He was born November 15, 1941 in San Francisco, CA to Floyd and Florina Strange. He was taken too soon, but accomplished much in his life, and brought happiness to those that knew him.

Jim spent his formative years in California, attending El Monte High School and then graduating from San Jose State. He joined the Air Force and it brought him to Arizona via Luke Air Force Base. On his first day in the state in 1967, he met Jeannette Stack at a "Never on Friday" event in Tempe. She would become his wife of 51 years.

The military was a foundational piece of his life as he continued serving in the Air National Guard for 20 years following his active duty. Jim achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at his retirement. He took great pride in his time with the military, his service during Desert Storm, and the lifelong friendships he made.

He was an accountant by trade, beginning his career with Phillips Petroleum in Los Angeles. In Phoenix, he joined Motorola before working for Medtronic for 25 years. He earned an MBA from Arizona State.

Those that knew Jim knew he was eager to pass along bits of humor, loved the 49ers and SF Giants, and believed the Rolling Stones are the best band ever assembled. Jim, who played football in high school, enjoyed watching all sports, including his kids'. He made the most of retirement by relaxing with Sudoku and crossword puzzles, but also learned to be a playwright who wrote several plays and had some performed in downtown Phoenix. Jim will be missed by his family and numerous friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents. Survived by wife, Jeannette, son Jeff (Beth), daughter Jennifer Tesdall (Robert), granddaughters Amanda and Samantha, sister Joan Wachtelborn (Dave), and brother David.

Visitation will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Road, Phoenix on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 4:30-6:30PM (livestream: https://m.facebook.com/WhitneyMurphyFH/live/)

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2312 E Campbell Avenue, Phoenix on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:30AM (livestream: https://www.staphx.org/), and he will be interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2021.
04:30 - 06:30 PM
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March 1, 2021
Dearest Jeannette and Family. I was not able to attend the online services for Jim, but do want to let you know that Jim Strange was one of few bosses I had while working for Medtronic/Micro-Rel back from 1978 through 2001... He was a very kind man and a well liked boss. He often talked about you and his children. What I remember most about Jim is that he liked sports and loved driving his little orange color Datsun 240z (I think.. It was hard to imagine Jim driving such a little car, but he liked it a lot. My deepest condonlences to you and your family. Millie Diaz
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February 25, 2021
Medtronic Finance Department Dec- 1999
I enjoyed working with him in the Finance department at Medtronic
With Heartfelt Sympathy May Jim rest in peace with our Lord
Susan Flannery
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