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James Cecil Moneymaker III

01/29/1975 - 02/20/2016
Service Date: 03/05/2016
Service Time: 1:00 PM
Service Location: Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction, Arizona

Jay was a current resident of Mesa, Arizona and was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. After a strong three year battle with cancer, Jay passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Hospice of the Valley Friendship Village in Tempe, Arizona.

He was one of three children born to Sylvia Koppen and stepfather, Larry Koppen. A beloved father to his three children Anastasia Moneymaker (21), Corinne Moneymaker (16), and James Cash Moneymaker (1 yr), Jay will be forever missed by his wife Shanelle Moneymaker, and his two stepchildren Georgia Schaeffer (3 yrs) and Lincoln Peglau (8 yrs). He leaves behind his two treasured baby sisters, Colleen Zinn (30) and Cortney Casey-Sanchez (28).

Jay touched the lives of many people, and was truly loved by so many. He was known for his trademark sense of humor and a laugh that could be heard across a football field; he surely carried this through with him until the end.

A celebration of life will be held March 5th 2016 at 1 PM, with visitation at 12 PM, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S Goldfield Rd, Apache Junction AZ 85119. Reception immediately following the services. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be sent to a PayPal account under LK@aimwholesale.com for Jay’s son, James Cash Moneymaker. Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel.


  • Pete & Alea Boudreau

    From the first time we met Jay we were instantly friends-that’s how everyone felt when they met him. He was such a ray of sunshine and that laugh of his was so contagious! Prayers to all of the family-we are here if you need anything-the world is a sadder place without him in it….

  • I am sad to hear of Jay’s passing. My prayers are with you all.

  • Mark Gage. Formerly with Cequent/ Tekonsha

    Sylvia and Larry … I am so sorry for your loss. While he is in a better place it is still hard for the rest of us who will miss him. You are in my prayers.

  • Jay was always a joy to be around. I enjoyed our conversations every time we were together over the years.

  • Margarita Rodriguez

    Sylvia and Larry. ..I really sorry for your lose…is not words in this …but believe you have real friends. …JOHN 5:28, 29…

  • Oh Sweet Mother I wish there was something I could do or say to lighten the load on your heart. Look for the signs because even though he graduated from this earthly existence…only love is real and that remains! A loving son is watching over his beautiful mama now. Love and blessings to you and your family.

  • Gabriel & Jennifer Ayala

    A candle burns for Jay in our home. We cannot express in words our sadness in Jay’s passing. But we are here in love and prayers for everyone.

  • Marline Haymond

    Sylvia, Larry, and family, The world is going to miss Jay’s big smile as bright as the sun, his boisterous laugh that was absolutely contagious , his big tender heart and his kindness. He was a protector of many, especially his little sister’s and his presence will be forever missed. You are in our hearts and in our prayers. Thank you for the opportunity to have known Jay. All our love, Dave and Marline Haymond

  • Jennifer Mulvey

    Jay was a great man and a wonderful father. His laugh was defiantly one that could brighten a room. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. My heart is breaking for the family but I know Jay would not want anyone to be sad…he would want everyone to remember the great times they had with him. Hugs to all of you and as you know you have an amazing Angel watching over you.

  • Jay and I were best friends @ Lyons. I often wondered how he was doing and was shocked to find his Obituary in the paper. So sad and definitely gone too soon. Condolences to all his family and friends.

  • Sylvia and Larry, I’m so saddened to learn of James’ passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Travis Nymark

    Wow, my 1st Arizona friend from 4th grade. I wish we had stayed in touch. I have great memories of Jay and am saddened to hear of his passing.

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