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James Lee Durham, Sr.

Posted 2023-03-23 by mhenderson
Published by Today's News Herald from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2023-
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

On Saturday, March 4, 2023, James Lee Durham, Sr., loving husband,
father of four, grandfather of 10, passed away at the age of 75.

Jim was born Aug. 12, 1947, in Greencastle, Indiana. He was preceded in
death by his father, William Carl, his mother, Mary Helen De La Cruz and
his stepfather, Pedro "Buck" De La Cruz. Also, preceding Jim was his
sister Carla JoAnn and his brother, John Merle.

Jim is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dona, his daughter Lisa, his
son Jim Jr., his son Matthew and his daughter Danielle. His 10
grandchildren ranging in ages from 1 ½ years old to 27 years. His
sisters Patricia and Mary Louise.

The Air Force brought Jim to Vandenburg Air Force Base in 1966 where he
served until 1970 as a medic.

From there, he moved to Grover Beach, California, where he began his
real estate career. After working at a title company, a local bank,
doing commercial lending, he obtained his contractor's license and soon
his real estate broker's license. He opened "Durham Realty" in 1979. He
was always very active in the local boards of Realtors, becoming board
president in 1985 and again in 1987.

Moving to Lake Havasu City in 2005, he joined the office of Coldwell
Banker and quickly became active with the local board of Realtors. He
served as board president in 2016 and was also active with the Arizona
Board of Realtors. He was a member of many service club organizations
and taught CPR with the Red Cross. He loved his family, was passionate
about his work and a mentor to many.

There will be a "tribute" to Jim on Monday, March 27 at 4 p.m. It will
be held at the Realtor Center on Swanson Ave. Contact Sue Blakk at 928-
230-1260 for more information.

Services were entrusted to the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.
Thoughts and Condolences can be sent to the family at www.lietz-

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