James Charles Fejt, of Arizona City, Ariz., and a former longtime Craig resident, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, in Gilbert, Ariz. He was 70.
Jim was born on April 30, 1940, in Big Springs, Neb., the son of Frank and Bernice (Nielson) Fejt. He was raised and attended school in Arthur, Neb.
Jim attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Neb., where he received his Bachelor of Arts, and later obtained his master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Jim married Jo Beason on Aug. 20, 1961, in Clay Center, Neb.
His first teaching job was in Bladen, Neb., for two years before moving to Craig in 1964, where Jim was employed by the Moffat County School District as a high school English teacher and later as an assistant principal. He retired in 1998.
Jim was also a coach and was named Coach of the Year in 1976 and was a referee for both basketball and football. Jim enjoyed fishing, riding ATVs and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Fejt, of Arizona City, Ariz.; his daughters, Heather (Bret) Arnold, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tracey Fejt and her husband, Sam Ramirez, of Chandler, Ariz.; his son, Brad (Cathy) Fejt of Craig; his grandchildren Tristan and Tatum Brown, James Ryan, Sampson Fejt, Sierra (Sean) Collom, and Kristine and Ricardo Ramirez; his great-grandchildren LoreLai and Jacklynn Collom; and his sister, Cheryl Cook and her husband, Sam Bartels, of Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at The Journey at First Baptist, with Dale Potter officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to The Gideons International, in care of Grant Mortuary.