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Jaime Rachelle Otter

08/27/1978 - 03/21/2024
Service Date: 04/02/2024
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Christ the King Catholic Church, 1551 E. Dana Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204
Visitation Date: 04/01/2024
Visitation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 Centennial Way Mesa, AZ 85201
Interment: Green Acres Cemetery

It is with deep sorrow and love that we mourn the passing of Jaime Rachelle Otter, who left us peacefully surrounded by loved ones on the morning of March 21, 2024, at the age of 45.

Jaime was born on August 27, 1978, in Mesa, Arizona to Randy and Sue Effhauser. She grew up in a lively household with her sister Danielle, where they forged an everlasting bond and were their parents’ little “dynamic duo”. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 1996 and later went on to study nursing and business administration— passions that would define her resilience, adaptability, and kind-hearted nature throughout her life.

In 2002, Jaime married her longtime friend and sweetheart, Jeffrey Otter. Together they embarked on a journey of love, adventure, and companionship for 22 beautiful years. They raised three wonderful children: Abigail, Blake and Ava, instilling in them the values of kindness, perseverance and diligence. Jaime and Jeffrey also taught their kids to find moments to laugh and not stress the little things.

Jaime’s career expanded across several avenues broadening her knowledge in various areas of life. She dedicated many years to The City of Mesa in the Engineering Public Relations Department, which then led to managing her father Randy’s company, Effhauser Plumbing, for five and a half years. Jaime eventually returned to The City of Mesa where she was a Marketing Communications Specialist for six more years before diverting her focus to Public Outreach and HR responsibilities with new companies. Her work ethic paired with her vibrant “larger than life” personality, made the workspace a fun environment for all.

Jaime’s interests extended beyond her professional life. She loved to cook and was always looking for new recipes to whip up for her family and friends. She was also an avid lover of crafts, especially making jewelry. Her joy was most evident in time spent with her children and family— a testament to how she was raised and her belief in quality time and familial bonds.

Jaime is survived by her three children, who made up the entirety of her world, Abigail (Michael) Strauss, Blake, and Ava. Along with her children and husband Jeffrey, Jaime is survived by her parents, Randy and Sue Effhauser, her sister Danielle, Brother-in-law Bryan, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, many friends and honorary parents, Jack & Velma Tidwell.

The Otter and Effhauser families wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to family members, friends, caregivers, and staff at Hospice of the Valley for their loving care and support during Jaime’s final days.

Jaime’s legacy will live on through the stories she shared and the countless lives she touched. She will be deeply missed but forever remembered for her radiant smile, her “Grandma Rose side-eye”, and the unconditional love she gave to all who knew her.

For those wishing to send condolences or share memories, please contact the Otter and Effhauser families through Bunker Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley at Donate (hov.org)


A celebration of Jaime’s life will begin with a viewing on Monday, April 1, 2024, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bunker Family Funeral Home. Subsequently, there will be a funeral service held at Christ the King Catholic Church on April 2, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., with the interment to follow at Green Acres Cemetery. Those who aren’t able to physically attend, can live stream the funeral service. Further details and link are listed below.



Monday April 1st 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Bunker Family Funeral Home ~ Garden Chapel

33 Centennial Way

Mesa, AZ 85201



Tuesday April 2nd 10:00 a.m.

Christ the King Catholic Church

1551 E. Dana Ave.

Mesa, AZ 85204


Live Stream Link:




Following Mass

Green Acres Cemetery

401 N. Hayden Rd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85257




Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.



  • My heart goes out to all of you. May you find the strength to carry on without the physical aspect of your dearest Jamie.

  • Jamie will be forever in our Hearts ❤️
    Until we see you again my sweet Jamie RIP !
    Love you Randy, Sue, and Danielle ❤️

  • Daniel J Carruthers

    Sue, Randy and Danielle,

    We are heartbroken for you all. May the coming days and weeks turn more from sorrow and sadness to fond memories of a life well-lived and loved. You can’t extinguish a light that bright. She will sparkle and shine forever in the universe and in our hearts. You all did an amazing job as parents and sister. We will continue to keep Jaime and all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We wish we could be with you today, but God had other plans there as well. Much love to you all today and always. – Dan, Heather, Alex, Mia and Ava

  • Condolences to the family in this difficult time. May the love and support of your family and friends provide you strength and comfort in the days, weeks, and years to follow without Jaime. She was always kind and funny and it was great working with her. May your hearts heal and find peace that she no longer in pain.

  • Heather (Lloyd-Wright) Scantlebury

    Very sorry to read this news. I hadn’t been in touch with Jaime for many years, but she quickly became a very warm and welcoming friend to me when I was a new student in junior high, along with her sister, Danielle. I was always grateful for her friendship and the many laughs we shared. May God comfort and bless her family, especially her children.

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