James “Jim” Whitney Spellman Obituary

James “Jim” Whitney Spellman, 76, died on Friday, September 30, 2022. He was born in Oshkosh Wisconsin on February 21, 1946 to James and Betty Spellman. His family moved several times before landing in Phoenix, Arizona in 1962, where he enrolled in Arcadia High School as a junior. He played football at Arcadia and met lifelong friends and the love of his life, Anne Nairn. He went to California Western University and continued to play football until he graduated in 1968. He and Anne were married on December 19, 1966. Jim is predeceased by his mother, Betty , his father, James, his cousin, Boots Spellman and his sister. brother-in-law, Gretchen (Gert) Nairn. Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Anne; children Jennifer (Jim), Chip (Namita) and Janet (Matt); his grandchildren Ryan, Bobby, Annie, Leila, Kate, Whitney, Nicolas and James; and brothers Steve and Tim Spellman. Jim was CEO and President of Spellman Hardwoods Inc., a board member of the National Hardwood Lumber Association and the Pacific Coast Wholesale Hardwood Distributors Association, and a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds. Above all accomplishments, his greatest joy in life was the family he and Anne had created. One of the ways he showed this love was by sharing his appreciation for the beauty of nature, something that required priceless intentional time that spoke louder than words. Among the things he shared were his beautiful rose and vegetable gardens, his coy pond and his vast aquarium, which he spent hours tending and observing with humble admiration. “Bumpa”, as his grandchildren called him, loved teaching them the things he treasured so much. He showed them the constellations, hunted seashells to add to their collections, and (when they were lucky) offered them chocolates from his large stash. Although he was never the loudest in the room, his presence was always felt and his jokes always came through. He was an attentive observer and listener, and his mind was almost nil. He valued individual character and found beauty in the simple things that made people and the world around him special. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Thunderbird Charities, 7226 N. 16th Street, Suite 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85020. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com

Posted on October 07, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic