James Edward Hauserman (Jim), was born October 8th 1947 in Buffalo, New York and passed away after a 4-year battle with pancreatic cancer on June 18th 2020 in Gilbert, AZ at the age of 72.
He was adopted by Alice & George Hauserman and named after his uncle, James Edward Bradford who was killed in a bombing run in the European theatre during World War II.
When he was 9 years old, his father got a new job in the aerospace industry in Chula Vista, California. He loved growing up in southern California, and eventually went on to study at Southwestern College in Chula Vista and then made his way to BYU Provo a few years later.
There he met his wife, Pamela Rytkonen. They were married in August and sealed together for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Last year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Jim dedicated his life’s work to serving others. He worked as an area manager for the Southwestern Region within the Welfare Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 32 years. He served in many callings within the Church to include that of: High Counselor, Bishop, 1st and 2nd counselor in the Stake Presidency of the San Tan Stake and Executive Secretary in the Gilbert Young Single Adult Ward.
Scouting and working with the youth of the Church gave him a great deal of fulfilment. He also had a passion for coaching youth sports recreationally and with the local school district.
Jim also served proudly in the United States Navy Reserves for 8 years in his Helicopter Combat Rescue Squadron. Every year, including this past year at the time of the Army vs. Navy football game he would proudly cheer, “Go Navy! Beat Army!”
Jim, more than anything loved serving his country, his family, his friends and most importantly His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jim is survived by his wife Pamela and with three children, their daughter Rebecca Lynn, their daughter Trisha Michelle, their son Michael Edward and his daughter-in-law Shea Marie. Grandchildren include Nathan Edward, Carlos Omar, Alec Shane, James Edward II (Rebecca), Christiana Renae, Jessie Edward (Trisha), and Isaiah Edward (Michael + Shea).
Funeral services honoring and celebrating the life of Jim will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd 2020 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, San Tan Stake Center (4170 South Ranch House Parkway, Gilbert, AZ 85297) at 10:00am. Following funeral services, burial services with military honors will be held at the San Tan Memorial Gardens at Schnepf Farms (22425 E Cloud Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142) at 11:45 am. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to pancreatic cancer research.
We’re so sorry to hear about Jim. Our deepest sympathies are with you. He was a terrific person
We like to share with the family that Brother Hauserman married us almost 24 years ago. He was a part of Todd family for so long and great friends with dad, Don Todd. We lived his smile, his dedication to everything he did. I’m so sorry for your loss, may God bless you and your family during this hard time.
Sorry for your loss. Regardless of his illness, Jim maintained a positive upbeat attitude. He was a good friend and will be missed.
I had the privilege to work with and associate with Jim for many years In the Church Welfare Department. He was as fine a man as I have ever known. He was dedicated and competent in his work and a great example and champion of welfare services. I am sorry to hear of his passing and pray for his family as they adjust to this time where they are separated from him. Grateful to know of his faith in the plan of salvation and know we will see him again in the next life. My sincerest condolences to his family.
I’m so thankful God allowed me to learn so many of life’s wonderful lessons from such a wise soul like President Hauserman! I was at a pretty pivotal point in my life when my husband and our young family moved to Gilbert. I met President within months of moving there and from our first meeting, he knew my name & never seemed to ever forget it! I’m grateful he recognized in me some leadership qualities I didn’t recognize in myself. He put me to work and kept me busy! And he taught me how revelation works in Church councils, how to leave the 99 and go after the 1, how to spend your time wisely and efficiently so that time away from your family is at a minimum, how to follow the order and guidelines in church activities & meetings, and how to enjoy serving the Lord! I had my own cancer diagnosis/treatment during my time serving in Stake Primary with him, and I’ll be forever grateful for his patience through my trial and for his belief in me and my abilities during that time. Serving in my calling under his direction was what helped me move forward with the unknowns and keep my mind busy. The spirit was always present during our conversations and I always left a conversation with him better understanding the mercy & the workings of our loving Heavenly. President Hauserman knew how to follow up a conversation & affirm the blessings that had come from different choices or by acting on a prompting. He knew all blessings come from the Lord. My testimony in Jesus Christ was strengthened because of President’s faith and obedience. President Hauserman will be remembered often and missed so much! I feel like I still have lessons I want snd need to learn from him! Hopefully I will be as receptive to spiritual direction as he was and be a tool for helping others feel our Savior’s love. Go in peace, dear friend! You’ve fought the good fight! I look forward to seeing your smiling face again in the eternities! With your example of “enduring to the end” and “enduring it well”. I just might have a chance!
May God’s comfort be with you at this time of loss and in the days ahead. He was a man of integrity and served faithfully. Please know we are thinking of you and the family.