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James Dale Lemay

It is with great heartache we announce that James D. LeMay, a man filled with love, integrity, compassion, and a spirit of adventure passed away on March 31st, 2023. He was born in Watertown, SD on October 2nd, 1939, raised in Jamestown, ND, and married Janice Peterson on June 7th, 1959, in Langdon, ND.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of North Dakota in 1961 and joined the Air Force shortly thereafter. He completed pilot training at Williams AFB before serving 5 years in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He moved to Chandler, AZ with his lovely wife and 3 children in 1968 where he resided for the remainder of his life.

After serving in the Air Force, he flew with Pan American Airways until 1991 and then with United Airlines until he retired in 2001. Through his work and love of travel he was ultimately able to visit 88 countries. Hiking became one of his retirement passions, especially near Pine where he and Jan had a cabin for many years.

James was preceded in death by his mother Daisy LeMay, father Orville LeMay, brother Keith LeMay, and grandson Parker McCollum. He is survived by his cherished wife of 63 years, Jan LeMay, sister Vivian Dahlen, three children: Brian LeMay (Lucy), Carmen Davenport (Bill), and Heather McCollum (Richard); five grandchildren: Lynea (Joe), Bill III, Natalie (Chris), Ryan (Sarah), and Preston, and two great granddaughters: Mae and Ariya.

We bid a fond farewell to our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend with a joyous wish for his heavenly flight. A memorial service for James’ celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 22nd at 10:00 A.M. at the Arizona Community Church at 9325 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ 85284.
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