Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park

6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX


TSgt James "Jim" Lee Marotz, USAF, Ret.

February 6, 1933August 11, 2019

TSgt James “Jim” Lee Marotz, USAF, Retired, passed away on August 11, 2019 at the age of 86. The family will be accepting guests at Cook Walden Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 W. William Cannon Dr., Austin, TX 78749, from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Graveside services will be held at Cook Walden Forest Oaks Memorial Park at 10:00am on Friday, August 16, 2019, with full military honors. A Celebration of Life will begin at 2:00pm on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Killeen First Church of the Nazarene, 951 Stagecoach Rd. Killeen, TX 76542.

Jim was born on February 6, 1933 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to Erwin and Edna Lee (Barnhardt) Marotz. Commonly known as Papa Jim and Papaw, Jim was a man who could light up a room. Much of Jim’s life was spent serving our country in the United States Air Force from 1953 until his retirement in 1973. While he loved his country dearly, Jim fell head over heels for Bobbie Sue Bray and married her on May 14, 1955. Together they raised five children, Angela, Barry, Jimmy, Gary, and John. Jim, his wife, and their growing family moved several times, from Puerto Rico to Dayton Ohio, to Amarillo, Texas, to Denver Colorado and finally settled in Austin in 1967.

Following his 20 years’ service in the Air Force, he began working as an appliance repairman for Sears Roebuck until he retired in 1993. After their children were grown, Jim and Sue completed a couple of mission trips to Peru and India and finally moved to Copperas Cove in 1997, where they made a number of very close friends. As Jim’s health failed, they moved to Temple in 2018 so he could receive care at the William R Courtney Texas State Veterans Home. The family is eternally grateful to the amazing staff who lovingly and respectfully cared for him until the day he passed on to heaven.

Jim loved the Lord, his church family, his friends, and his family dearly. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Bobbie Sue Marotz; daughter, Angela Nash; sons, Barry, Jimmy, Gary, and John Marotz; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Donald Marotz, William “Bill” Marotz, and JoAnn Jurk.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 16, 2019


TSgt James "Jim" Lee Marotz, USAF, Ret.

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Merle and Sony Hollub

August 18, 2019

Our condolences to Jim Marotz family and friends. And a big thanks to Jim for serving our country in the US Airforce.

Merle and Sonny Hollub

Millie Wiles

August 15, 2019

Jim has been a long time friend who we met at the So Austin Church of the Nazarene. Our family knew Jim and Sue and admired their devotion to the Lord for so many years. Because of the distance, we have not seen them but have been made aware of their activities. Jim and Sue were so devoted to the Lords work and we are so glad that Jim is now with the Lord. The children were so blessed to have him for a dad. Our sympathies to the children and to Sue. Millie and Rollin Wiles