May 29, 1959 - July 3, 2019
James ‘Jim’ Dean Ruiz, age 60, passed away on Wednesday, July 3rd at home surrounded by his family. Born on May 29th, 1959, Jim was always quick to say how proud he was to be born and raised in Mesa. Jim married the love of his life, Pam on October 10th, 1981 and they have been blessed with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Jim loved to serve others and did so through the Knights of Columbus, Mesa Foundation, Save the Train Committee, Lions Club, every PTO event throughout his childrens’ school years and many other organizations throughout his life. A devoted Pittsburg fan, Jim made it a point to travel to PNC Park to attend the opening game for the Pirates in April of this year despite his failing health. Jim loved his hometown and cherished the history and culture it held. When he heard the train at Pioneer Park was to be removed, Jim sprang into action to restore the landmark that played a part in many of his childhood memories. After 10 years of hard work, he was honored to unveil the restored train to the public in December of 2017. A passionate classic cars guy, Jim enjoyed taking his 1970 Buick GS on the Route 66 Fun Run for 12 years and attended countless car shows. Jim battled pancreatic cancer for 2 years and won because it never broke his spirit. Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pam, son, Albert (Amanda), and daughters, Katy (Nik) and Liz (Ben), 5 grandchildren, Samuel, Waylon, Hazel, Hendrix and Elise, parents, Harriet, Albert and Monte, siblings, Rick, Sue, Joe (Janet), and Margie (Dennis), and countless family and friends. A memorial will be held for Jim on Monday, July 15th at Meldrum Mortuary in Mesa. Visitation at 6 pm, service at 6:30, and rosary at 7:30. Per Jim’s wishes please wear a Hawaiian shirt to the visitation. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 16th at 11 am at Christ the King Catholic Church in Mesa, Az. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to SaveOurTrain.com or Hospice of the Valley.
James ‘Jim’ Dean Ruiz, age 60, passed away on Wednesday, July 3rd at home surrounded by his family. Born on May 29th, 1959, Jim was always quick to say how proud he was to be born and raised in Mesa. Jim married the love of his life,... View Obituary & Service Information
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