Jim Lawrence Tepner


Jim Lawrence Tepner, 79, passed away at his home in Coolidge on February 20, 2020. He was born on February 11, 1941 in McCook, Nebraska.

Jim was a "man's man" and a "jack of all trades". He loved sports and played basketball, football, and was pole-vault champion in his high school district. After high school he was a wrangler on a ranch. He proceeded from there to learn the brick laying construction trade. His skills and knowledge increased until he was a Masonry Take Off Chief Estimator at the end of his career. His life was not all work and no play. Over the years he participated in the following hobbies... rodeo, golf, horseback riding, camping, scuba diving, four wheeling, and his most favorite, riding motorcycle with his friends! His love for the motorcycle never waned. Jim loved his church and his friends. He looked forward to greeting people and handing out bulletins every Sunday. Jim loved all his children and grandchildren. Their greeting of "Hello Papa Jim" always brought a smile or laugh to his face. May you rest comfortably in God's arms until we join you in Heaven. God Bless.

He is survived by his wife Fran Morrow Tepner; Daughters Dotty Johnson Tepner and Deborah Ann Fanton (Kevin) all of Seattle, WA; Sons Brian James Tepner of Alaska and wife Nikol Tepner of Phoenix, AZ; Stepchildren Trent Williams and Todd Williams of Chandler; Sister Michele Epler of Nebraska; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Lawrence Tepner and Marge (Carter) Tepner and stepson Terry Williams.

There will be a memorial service at the First Baptist Church, 395 Lindbergh Ave., Coolidge, AZ on March 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Trevor McShane presiding.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 577, Coolidge, AZ or Hospice Fund of Central Arizona, PO Box 11859, Casa Grande, AZ 85130.

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