James E. Tenberg, 59, of Mesa, died peacefully with his wife and mother at his side June 8, 2008.
James was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend.
He moved to Arizona from Texas as a child in 1960. James attended Yavapai Elementary School and graduated from Coronado High School in Scottsdale.
He served 25 years in the U.S. military - three years as a Navy medic and 22 years as a green beret in U.S. Army Special Forces. Jim was a decorated soldier who loved his country and served her with pride.
Upon retiring from the military, James worked as a youth counselor and staff director, as part of the management of Arizona Boys Ranch for seven years. James loved the outdoors, enjoyed yard work and landscaping. However, his true passion was playing golf, especially with his children.
James was the loving father of Clifton James of Mesa, Jared Lee of Scottsdale, and Pfc. James Bernard, II of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. He was also stepfather to Robert Smith, SSgt. (Ret.) Glenna Sorrell of Pennsylvania, David Seesholtz, Julia Thomas, and Ronda Boyle, all of Montana, 1st Lt. U.S. Army Nathan Burgess of Ft. Sill, Okla. James was grandfather to 7 granddaughters, 10 step-grandchildren, and one step-grandson.
James was also survived by his wife, Georgia C, his mother, Georgia A. Landis, his sisters Rebecca (Terry Webster), Georgia M. (Marshall Craw), and two stepbrothers, Robert Landis (Jeanette) of Surprise, and Timothy Landis (Beverly) of Cave Creek.
A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. June 13 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 141 N. MacDonald, Mesa.
Military Honors and interment at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Valley.