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James Aaron Wilson

James Aaron Wilson, 52, died on December 31, 2020 at Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He had stopped breathing due to flu and reduced heart function on the night of December 28th and never recovered consciousness.

He was born in Long Beach, California on October 10, 1968 to Larry Lynn Wilson and Carole Craddock Wilson. He graduated from Mesa High School in 1986 and studied at BYU.

He married Shawndi Ault-Hart on April 2, 2016 in Prescott, Arizona. They were sealed in the Gilbert Arizona Temple in September 2018.

Jim was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He faithfully served a mission in Osorno, Chile between 1987 and 1989. He served in many callings over the years, including three times as executive secretary, and especially loved teaching children and participating in scouting. He was an avid fantasy writer and completed several novels and published a few through Timbuktu Press. He worked in computer sales and information technology from his teens on, but recently was going back to school to work toward becoming a history teacher. Jim had a lifelong love of reading and had just finished reading to his son shortly before his breathing stopped.

He is survived by his wife and stepsons, Jesse and Benjamin Griffith, and an extended family including his mother and father, Carole and Larry Wilson, his siblings, Richard, Stephen, Daniel, Wendy, Lindsay, and Julie, and a crowd of nieces and nephews who were very close with him. Jim’s influence was felt by all who knew him, and particularly by his cousins, aunts, uncles, family-in-law, and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 9th, at 10am in the Tolleson Chapel at 701 North 95th Avenue (85353) under the direction of Bishop Witcher of the Tolleson 1st Ward. A viewing will take place at 9am.

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  • jacquelynn brown Posted January 11, 2021 2:54 PM

    im sorry for you lost

  • Dan Wilson Posted January 7, 2022 3:31 PM

    As I contemplate a year without Jim, I admit it is still hard for me to truly understand that he is gone. Often when I am contemplating a question on history or writing or literature or movies I think “I can just ask Jim the next time I talk to him”. All that knowledge, all those experiences are gone now. He did leave behind much more written down than the average person, but Jim was a walking encyclopedia and it’s heartbreaking to think that his bright flame has been extinguished from this life. I do think he’s busy in the next life, but still has a moment now and then to think of us and I feel it now and then. I sure miss my brother and I look forward to seeing him again one day in God’s kingdom. I know my family feels the same. I try to do what I can for those he left behind, I just wish I could do more.

  • Conner James Wilson Posted January 7, 2022 3:55 PM

    I still catch myself looking for Jim whenever my dad and uncles are having their trademarked unreasonably loud conversations at family gatherings. He was an indispensable part of my childhood and a key role model for my cousins and I. We were always over-the-moon excited to see him, and that feeling carried with us to adulthood. I miss my uncle Jim.

  • Wendy Gosney Posted January 7, 2022 5:51 PM

    You always loved adventure and we had so many great adventures together. Driving up almost the entire west coast, driving across country to the east coast, so many camping and hiking trips, even in our own backyard. I miss you, Jim. I can’t believe you’re gone.

  • Carole Wilson Posted January 7, 2022 6:19 PM

    Jim was my first child, and he was always an interesting child, friend, and person. All his family members are so good at expressing their memories about him. I love hearing all the stories. Jim was a wonderful son and I loved listening to him and learning from him. I loved his laughter and adventurous personality. I loved how much he loved each of his nieces and nephews SO much. And how he showed it. I have so many memories of our time together, and I thought it would continue for years to come. I miss him every day. I hope he knows how much he is loved and missed by so many people.

  • Julie Bourassa Posted January 7, 2022 7:54 PM

    Some of my favorite memories are hiking with him when I was little. When Jim loved something he let everyone know. He was there when you needed him and was such and amazing uncle and a sweet brother. We lost him too soon and I wish everyday I could talk to him again.

  • Steve Wilson Posted January 8, 2022 11:44 PM

    It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived a year without Jim. Movies, TV shows, books, scriptures at church people share – it all reminds me of him and I wish I could call him to talk about it, just as I use to. In childhood, As children, siblings think about how different they are from each other. As adults, they realize how they have more in common with each other than with anyone else. That was definitely true for us. Because of Jim the experiences we had as kids were unique and fun: putting soldier badges on and marching together, telling us about ancient weapons, or sharing his imaginative stories. I sure miss him every day. Love you Jim!

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