Christ United Methodist Church
Christ United Methodist Church

Joys and Concerns – June 27

Posted on: June 27th, 2017

For confidentiality, some names may not be listed here. Please keep the following individuals and their families in your thoughts and prayers.



None at this time.



Ann Sielert



Sharon, Natalie and Kendall Demarest on the death of their husband/father James David “Jim” Demarest.

Mike Goldman on the death of his father Sherwin Goldman

Sara and Weldon Montgomery on the death of their grandson Bryan Garretson



Memorial service for James David “Jim” Demarest to be held on Friday June 30 at 11am in the Sanctuary.

OBITUARIES (With permission of families)


Obituary for James David Demarest

James (Jim) David Demarest of Plano passed away on June 22, 2017. Jim was born in Mineola, Long Island, NY on February 17, 1956, raised in Palos Verdes Estates, CA, and graduated from UCLA as a math major in 1979. He received his MBA from Cornell University in 1982. Jim met his dear wife and true love of his life, Sharon, in San Francisco, CA, where they started their beautiful family. Their later years brought them to Texas, where they established their home and raised their two daughters, Kendall and Natalie. Jim was an exceptional man who loved his family more than anything in the world.

Jim’s professional career spanned all facets of marketing management in the telecommunications industry, initially with the Harris Corporation then moving onward and upward with Nortel Networks and its successor, Avaya. Despite the growth and success in his chosen field, Jim was even better known for the quality of his personage. He was known and loved by his co-workers and especially by his many local community friends. Jim was active in his homeowners’ association, a marathon runner and athlete to his core, a math tutor for the local school district, a cherished leader of his daughters’ many sports teams and community organizations, and an inspiration to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. His unwavering kindness, humility, and compassion for others was apparent to all those whose lives he touched. We are all better people to have had Jim in our lives.

When Jim was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2006, he proved that even the most tragic of illnesses can be overcome with grace and resilience. Following his stem cell transplant, Jim fought an ongoing battle with Graft vs Host Disease – a chronic condition that strips the body of vital nutrients and immunity. While this disease would be too much for most individuals to conquer, Jim was a warrior. He channeled his strength into love and the pursuit of health, so that he was able to watch his girls grow up and to celebrate the life he was given with friends he held dear. Going above and beyond survival, Jim volunteered in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Center of Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, assisting others in the process of overcoming their own battles with cancer. His unparalleled philanthropy shone through even further, as Jim raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk. We know that Jim is with his Lord now, being wholeheartedly embraced by His healing and loving arms.

Jim is survived by his wife Sharon, daughters Kendall and Natalie, parents David and Barbara Demarest of Oceanside, CA, sister Cindy Pederson of Novato, CA, and brother Alan of Livermore, CA.

As a loyal and passionate supporter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Jim was dedicated to finding a cure that would not only impact his own life but the lives of countless others. In lieu of flowers, we would like you to join us in continuing the legacy of Jim’s support of the North Texas Chapter of LLS. Please consider sending a donation in memory of Jim Demarest for this year’s Light The Night Walk, or register to join the walk in his honor by visiting his team link:

Donations may also be mailed to the following:

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – North Texas Chapter
8111 LBJ Freeway, Suite #425
Dallas, TX 75251

Check Memo: Light The Night – Celebrate Life

A service will be held for Jim Demarest on Friday, June 30th at 11:00am at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road, Plano, TX 75075.