Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery

10940 East Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler, AZ


James M. Babyak

October 6, 1942February 7, 2020

James “Papa Jim” Babyak of Sun Lakes, Arizona passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 in Chandler Arizona.

Born in Jamestown, NY on October 6, 1942 to Joseph and Marian (Wagner) Babyak, James worked in the automotive industry most of his life in various facets. He had an early passion for racing of all types with NASCAR always being his favorite and he closely followed the sport and his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt.

In 1992, James relocated with his wife, Frances (Ekstrom) to Goose Creek, South Carolina where he was a respected dealer of NASCAR related diecast and memorabilia. In 2004, James and Frances relocated to Sun Lakes, Arizona to be closer to family.

James is survived by his wife, Frances, his children; Tammy Babyak Raynor (Jamestown, NY), Jimmy Babyak (Rome City, IN) and Jason Babyak (Chandler, AZ) and his grandchildren; Donald Martin, Nicholas Babyak, Spencer Babyak, Adam Babyak and J.C Babyak as well as 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Marian; his sisters, Janet Pierce and Barbara Rosen and grandchildren, Darby Martin and Christopher Deyell.

The family is planning to have a Celebration of Life gathering in Sun Lakes, AZ in March of 2020 and another in the Jamestown, NY area in the summer of 2020. Please share words of support and memories for the family by clicking on the 'Add a Memory' icon below.


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Carmen Bell

February 21, 2020

Thoughts, prayers and peace. Remember and share the good times and memories often. Enjoyed having him at our Nascar “tailgate” and a mostly smiling face when I filled up the tank at Safeway 😜. He was lucky to be surrounded by a incredibly witty wife, humorous caring son and loving grandkids. Peace.

Shelby Scharbach

February 21, 2020

Fond memories of Papa Jim and lessons learned during our NASCAR adventures. Truly a great husband, father, Papa and friend to all. I will miss him and his great ties when I go to fill up with gas. And his expertise at the car races at Mulligans. Love and peace to the Babyak family.

Vickie Pedersen

February 21, 2020

Love this man. He was a great uncle, always helping people out and fun to be around. Remember once he put a new tire on my car when I was driving around in the winter with a bad one, don’t think I ever paid him back either. That’s how he was. He will be greatly missed.

Deacon Pierce

February 21, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Jim. We will hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
RIP "leadfoot"

Jason Hamel

February 21, 2020

My sincere heartfelt condolences to the Babyak family, Mr. Babyak was a great man and always greeted me with a smile and hand-shack. You will be missed Mr. Babyak but I know your family and friends will keep you alive in stories and lots of laughs. God speed and may you rest easy now, we got this from here.

Mrs Babyak and Jason, you guys are like family to me, you are family to me. So many things I'd like to say but in the end just know we all love you and we are here for you...anytime.

Much love
Jason, Diana, Mikayla and Dominic

John Amschler

February 21, 2020

Jimbo - taps on watch...

"fast again... that's what you get with a Dale Earnhardt watch!"