James Donald Latsch

July 23, 1958October 20, 2018
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James “Peach” Latsch of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 after fighting a 22 month courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born to Donald and Dianne (Deans) Latsch on July 23, 1958. Raised in Lake Mills, WI, he attended Lake Mills High School, where he lettered in cross country. Upon graduating in 1976, Jim joined the United States Air Force, where he was honorably discharged. Jim moved to Arizona in 1983. Jim was an adamant sports fan and exceptional athlete. Whether he was playing, coaching or watching; Jim enjoyed all aspects of sports. He played on numerous recreational and travel leagues in both Wisconsin and Arizona. He was a little league coach; which was one of his favorite things to do, kids were his favorite kind of people. He enjoyed playing golf, especially with his buddies. He was a long- time board member for both the DRGA and the Fifty Club. Jim could make everyone laugh, even if it was at himself. His laughter was infectious and he lit up the lives of everyone lucky enough to have known him. Everything was a game or a competition; a game of golf, shooting a basket with the trash or catching a thrown lighter. He was a genuine and generous man, who lived life to the fullest and on his own terms. He was one of a kind and will be truly irreplaceable.

He is survived by his parents Donald and Dianne (Deans), his girl Rainie, children Nicole and Ryan, brother Steve, two sisters: Cindy (Craig) and Michelle (Theo). As well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his infant sister Marie Latsch.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:00pm at Dobson Ranch 2155 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85202.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 27, 2018

James Donald Latsch

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Eddie Jensen

October 27, 2018

What a pleasure it has been knowing Peach for these past 16 years. A man with boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm for games, incredible memory of sports trivia, and someone you wanted to be around! A truly great person who will be missed & remembered beyond the words I could write.
Thank you for being my friend and may your spirit/soul soar like the eagle you lived this life.

Ray Allore

October 23, 2018

You were always a great guy to be around. You had my back through some tough times and I’ll forever be grateful for that. I truly believe that God has called you to a greater purpose. I hope you’re somewhere golfing and making fun of people. RIP Jim.

Alexis Norton

October 23, 2018

I’ll never forget all the times you’d laugh and joke with me at 4th of July. You were the best second grandpa ever. I remember at the golf charity event, I pawned you into giving me the free countertop coupon. You’re the best Peach. Your name will continue to light up the room.

Mary Deans

October 23, 2018

We spent so much time together growing up .Remembering all of those great times filled with fun and good times. You were very special to me someone I could count on no matter what the situation was. I will cherish all of those moments for the rest of my life. Rest in peace Jim.
Love aunt Mary

randy miller

October 22, 2018

Too many memories to list. Just know that I lost my best friend and along with my father, two of the best men I've ever known. I watched you suffer and wish you hadn't had to. I know the lord has special plans for you or you wouldn't have left us so soon. I loved you like a brother and always will.

Rest easy my friend, I will see you again.