Otto James Clontz III

17 May, 195823 July, 2020
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Otto James (Jim) Clontz, III was born on May 17, 1958 in Fayetteville, NC to parents Otto James Clontz, Jr. and Elizabeth Flowers Anderson. Jim had two older sisters, Sarah Snyder (deceased) and Cynthia Clontz.

After graduating from Myrtle Beach High School, SC and attending Coastal Carolina College in SC, Jim joined the U.S. Air Force in 1981 and served with honors on a four-year assignment at the 831 Supply Squadron (TAC) at George AFB, in CA. During his military service, Jim received several awards including Airman of the Year in 1984 and the Air Force Commendation Medal. In addition to his military honors, Jim went on to receive an AS in Business Administration and AA in Liberal Arts from Victor Valley CC, in Victorville, CA, a BS in Business Management (with honors) and an MBA from Campbell University, in NC. Let us not forget his acting bug! Jim can be seen on the big screen in the movie King Kong Lives and several television productions.

Later in life, Jim moved to Wilmington, NC to be closer to his family and worked as a Real Estate Appraiser at his father’s company. After his appraising days, he became certified in Fiber Optics, Bioprocessing Manufacturing, and Quality Auditing to work for companies like Corning, Wyeth, Pfizer, and Novartis. For the past 20 years, Jim and his family have lived in Apex, NC but often returned to Wilmington to spend time with his adult children and enjoy the coastal area.

Jim met the love of his life Lucia Maria Mafra Dutra from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while attending Coastal Carolina College. It was love at first sight and they were married at George AFB in 1982. Jim and Lucia started their family in 1984 with their daughter Anna Gabriela and then completed their perfect family with the birth of their son, James Alexandre, in 1991. Jim was immensely proud of his children. Jim became a grandfather in 2017 to Mason Utah Huffman. Those two were inseparable. Mason loved his “grandpa.”

Jim loved the outdoor life and spending time at the beach. He loved animals, loved to cook, and travel the world with the love of his life. Jim is remembered as always having a positive outlook on life, sharing his big smile and infectious laugh. Jim had a great sense of humor, loved to talk to people, was an avid reader, and had an undeniable love for God.

In addition to his beloved family, Jim leaves behind his son-in-law Ryan Huffman, his mother-in-law Maria, and all the friends he made over the years.

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Time: Aug 23, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Charles Swanson

20 August 2020

Jim was a bright face who I had the privilege of knowing for several years at our congregation Sha'arei Shalom in Cary. His demeanor was always cheerful and faith-filled. He knew what was right and he stood for what was right. I enjoyed being his Facebook friend, routinely liking his pointed posts. Jim was gone from us too soon and I know he will be missed by many, but I look forward to seeing him again on the other side.

Ross Anderson

10 August 2020

Jim has been a reminder to me of the love of life we all can show. It is so easy to call him "Big Jim," not just because of his height and size, but because of his great heart and immense love of others. When I was directing Powerpoint in the Sound Booth, I could tell when Jim walked into the synagogue. Not only because his head was one of the few that cleared the booth's wall, but because of that magnanimous smile he would inevitably sport my way. Always encouraging, I don't think I could ever count the number of "likes" on my wife's and my Facebook photos, and the compliments he gave in person and online. Jim is and was a great guy. And great guys are missed.

Suzi Aron

8 August 2020


Jim was such a godly man. An inspiration to those who had the privilege to know him, To those who got to see his love for God and his always positive and joyful attitude. The world has lost a wonderful man. May God hold you tight and bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Max Lazar

8 August 2020

Sherry and I want to extend our thoughts and prayers to you and your beautiful family at this difficult time.

Max and Sherry Lazar

E.T. Glass

7 August 2020

My deepest sympathy to your family. I did not know Jim that well; I only saw him in service at Sha'arei Shalom. Jim always had that big smile and easy to talk to. Always saying hi and giving an ear. Jim's love for GOD was very apparent to me. I feel blessed to have made his acquaintance . Again my deepest sympathy for your loss! Prayers out to your family for comforting.

Howard Salberg

7 August 2020

I met Jim at Congregation Sha'arei Shalom and was immediately struck by his gentle personality, which was abundantly packed into his linebacker sized body. He always had a smile and a hug when I would greet him, and he always had a positive attitude about life, even when he was struggling with health challenges. My life is better for having met Jim and I already miss him. May God shower his family with comfort and strength in this time of loss and in the days ahead. <3

Nancy Lewen

7 August 2020

Lucia and family:

My sincerest sympathies on the loss of Jim. You are in my prayers.

Nancy Lewen

Amy Davis

7 August 2020

This news was quite a surprise. It had to have been a great comfort to him to be to able to spend his last moments with his loved ones in his own home. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy during this most difficult time. As time passes, good memories overcome the loss and sadness you suffer now. I will keep you in my thoughts as you move forward and if there is anything at all I can do to help, please do let me know.

Very kind regards,


Lucia Clontz

7 August 2020

A few more messages about my love Jim posted on Facebook.

"He was a special human being"
"He has gained his angel wings and what a kind and gentle angel he will be."
"Jim was a great man and I so much enjoyed the time we had at Campbell."

To all our friends and family, thank you for all your kind words.


Lucia Clontz

7 August 2020

I would like to share some of the memories I received from Jim's friends and relatives that were posted on Facebook. They tell a story of a wonderful Christian man who will be truly missed.

"Jim was a true gentleman as they come and brought so much joy to many. He will be missed dearly."
" I know he was happiest when he met and married Lucia."
"He was a good and Godly man and will be missed by all who knew him."
"Jim was truly a great man. He will truly be missed."
"Jim had a very sweet soul. I will always remember him."
"I will miss Jim's posts and his perspective on our world."
"He was a man of faith, he lives on in the Kingdom of Heaven."
"Always happy and caring."
"He had an entire life based on his family, happiness, friendship, and love."
"Always doing funny things."
"I can't imagine a world with no Jim Clontz. He was a humorous and kind person. My life was made better by having known Jim. He will be missed."
"He was a good man and Christian."
"He will be missed by many."
"Jim was such an awesome person and friend."
"He was such a kind and caring man."
"Jim was a wonderful guy and will be missed."
"I have known Jim since childhood. He was a kind person."
"We went to school together and Jim was one of the most kind hearted and caring people that I knew. He will be greatly missed by everyone's life that he touched."
"I thought a lot of Jim. He always had me laughing when we worked together at Pfizer."
"Such a sweet man."
"Jim loved worshipping his Father with us at Shaarei Shalom and we loved him too. He will be deeply missed."
"So Saddened!! He was a dear friend to my husband and I. He helped us move into this home 3 years ago even though he hardly knew us."
"Jim was a wonderful friend and a fine man."
"During my time working for Wyeth/Pfizer I got to know Jim pretty well. He would go on and on about how much he loves you and his kids and I always admired him for that. He kept us laughing and was seemingly never in a bad mood."

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