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James Herschel Dugger Jr.

06/02/1942 - 10/31/2020
Service Date: 11/14/2020
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 525 E. 2nd Ave., Mesa, AZ 85204
Visitation Date: 11/13/2020
Visitation Time: 6-8 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
Interment: City of Mesa

James Herschel Dugger Jr. passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family, Oct 31, 2020.  He was born born June 2, 1942 in Savannah Georgia to James Herschel Dugger and Lottie Estelle Malphrus. He had two older sisters, Barbara and Sheryl, and a younger brother Allen.

They moved from Savannah to Mesa when Jim was five years old. He attended school in Mesa graduating from Mesa High School in 1960.  He served a 2 ½ year mission in the Netherlands for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Jim married Marie Turley on July 17, 1964 in the Mesa Arizona Temple.  They were blessed with five children: James (Patti) Dugger, Michele McBride, Denise (David) Klein, Kyle (Skye) Dugger, Stacie (Scott) Wright. They have 20 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Jim is survived by his sister Sheryl (Bryce) Gardner.

Jim majored in Architecture at ASU and then Construction Technology at BYU. He Worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints for a number of years overseeing the construction of temples and chapels for the church. He and his family lived in England and Hong Kong for several years.

After they moved back to Arizona Jim served as a bishop, a counselor in a stake presidency, and as an ordinance worker in the Mesa Temple for 21 years.  He and Marie served three missions to the Palmyra Temple.  They served in the Ohio Columbus Mission which included northern Kentucky.  Their mission experience also included two Church Service Missions. Two years at the Church Employment Center and then two years at the Family History Center. He loved the Temple and the time he spent doing Family History.  He loved gadgets and computers. Designing things and then building them was his creative outlet. He also loved to travel. He and Marie had 56 wonderful years together.

There will be a viewing Friday November 13, from 6-8 pm at Bunkers Garden Chapel 33 North Centennial Way, Mesa, Az 85201

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020, with viewing from 9-9:45 am and funeral service at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 525 E. 2nd Ave., Mesa, AZ 85204. Funeral arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, Mesa, AZ (480)964-8686. Burial in the Mesa City Cemetery.

Funeral Services’ Zoom Link: https://churchofjesuschrist.zoom.us/my/just1miller
Meeting ID 4802325240


  • Marie, so sad to lose such a wonderful man — Jim was always a gentleman even in school when we were children. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Stephen and Carolei Phelps

    I’ve known Jim since early school years, and graduated with him from Mesa High in 1960. Jim was smart, kind and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers to Marie and all his family.

  • My heartfelt condolences to you, Marie, and your family at this difficult time. I think fondly of the many experiences we had with you and Jim back in the “good old Chandler days.” I have always considered you both as wonderful friends even though our subsequent moves ended up distancing us physically. May God bless you and comfort you as you work through this, one of our mortal challenges. We can be thankful for the assurance that there will be a grand reunion in due time. Thank you for your love and friendship.

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