James Paul Mayer

July 20, 1943January 30, 2019
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James Paul Mayer, better known as Jim or Jimmy, born July 20, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Wednesday January 30, 2019 at the age of 75. Jimmy is preceded in death by his father, Melvin Mayer. He is survived by his mother Frances Albrecht Mayer; wife, Hope Kraft Mayer; son, Kurt Mayer and wife, Victoria; daughter, Michelle Staley and husband Josh; grandchildren, Mason and Lauren Mayer and Payton and Presley Staley; siblings, Harvey Mayer, Don Mayer and wife Sandy, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jimmy loved the outdoors and spent much of his time hunting and fishing with family and friends. He also enjoyed making sausage, endlessly creating crafts in his shop, and traveling with his wife, Hope. His love of the outdoors was only surpassed by his love of family. Jimmy adored his family, especially his grandchildren; always making time to teach them, talk with them, and spend as much quality time as he could with them.

Jimmy was proud to serve his country in the Navy during Vietnam. He retired from CPS Energy after 30 years of providing San Antonio and the surrounding area with electricity. Jimmy was truly a good, decent, hard-working, kind-hearted, and humble man. Everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person. The world lost a good man. He will be greatly missed.

A visitation with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. for Jimmy will be held Monday, February 4, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, Texas. A funeral mass will occur Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 16075 Evans Road, Selma, Texas. A committal service will occur Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Selma Cemetery 1, 8004 Old Austin Rd., Selma, TX 78154. An interment will occur Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Selma Cemetery #1, Selma, Texas.

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  • Visitation with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019

James Paul Mayer

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jamie klabunde

February 12, 2019

Very nice remembrance of Jimmy, i remember him well...those Brackettville hunting trips will never be forgotten..
very sorry to hear this..may God be with Hope and Kurt and Michelle ..

Jamie Klabunde

Joann Mahon

February 4, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I will remember all the family in my prayers.

Susie Gossage

February 3, 2019

My heart goes out to the entire family.
So sorry for your loss such a wonderful man . Filled with love and kindness to everyone. Lifting the family up in prayer especially Hope.
We love you all. We are blessed to have your friendship in our life.
May you feel the arms of Christ hold you ever so close to his heart.

Taylor Stephenson

January 31, 2019

So sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my prayers.



When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. A person that charts his own path, never following the herd, and doing his thing his way. This description accurately fits James Paul Mayer who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, James was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with James knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

James, better known as Jimmy, was many things to many people; a devoted husband, a loving father, a grandpa, a son, a brother, the very best kind of friend you could have, and just a fun-loving guy who enjoyed life. He was positive and always taught his children to be honest and to do the right thing. He was one of the best men we have ever known. He was truly a good, decent, hard-working, kind-hearted, and humble man. Jimmy was born on July 20, 1943 at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. His parents were Melvin and Frances Mayer. Jimmy was raised in San Antonio, Texas. Even as a youngster, Jimmy learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life. Jimmy was raised with two siblings. He had an older brother, Harvey, and a younger brother, Don. He grew up speaking German as his primary language until he started school, when he became fluent in English.

As a young boy, Jimmy enjoyed being part of teams and groups of kids who shared similar interests, such as playing softball, baseball, football, and running track. In his spare time, he enjoyed pier fishing at Port Aransas with his family, and hunting.

In school he developed his near artistic handwriting. His handwriting was impeccable and could make any woman jealous. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1961. His favorite class in high school was ROTC. Jimmy’s practical work ethic carried over throughout his life. He attended Business College after high school where he studied electronics.

Jimmy joined the Navy and proudly served his country during Vietnam aboard the USS Currituck. He was primarily stationed in California and, while there, joined a naval softball team where he excelled and was invited to join the traveling squad. The USS Currituck saw many interesting events, but a trip up the Saigon River always stood out. The ship navigated up the river channel until it ventured into narrow and shallow waters. There, stuck in hostile territory, the ship had to use its engines to dredge its way out. During his time in the service he met Mel Webb and Bill Colwell. It wasn’t long until they became the best of friends, more like brothers. They continued their friendship throughout the rest of his life. Jimmy always looked forward to his yearly hunting trips in Colorado where he visited Mel and his wife Judy.

Jimmy was sociable and approachable. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were his cousins. Later in life, he also became close friends with Harold Klar, Danny Rittiman, Allan Staley, and Tyrone Friesenhahn.

After he came back from the war, he was honorably discharged and stayed in California for a few years. While in California, he worked for Shell Oil Company, where he made several advancements in his career and became quite the pool shark. On a homecoming trip to visit family, he met the love of his life, Hope Frances Kraft. Not long after that and without any convincing, he decided he wanted to move back home to be with her. On April 17, 1971 Jimmy exchanged wedding vows with Hope at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Selma, Texas. They shared 48 wonderful years and two children, Kurt and Michelle, together. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Mason, Lauren, Payton, and Presley. Jimmy reveled in the security of his family.

Jimmy was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Jimmy would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. He taught his children to work hard and take pride in what they do. Jimmy wanted great things for his family. His primary occupation was an electrician and he was employed for 30+ years at CPS Energy. He worked hard to provide for them. He frequently worked nights and took the call to make extra money to support the family. Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Jimmy was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Jimmy was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Jimmy upheld high standards.

Jimmy approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. He loved the outdoors, hunting, and fishing with family and friends. He especially enjoyed being out on the water in his boat, usually fishing in Port Aransas or Rockport. Jimmy was always working in his shop on a project or thinking of something to invent. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Hope, spending time with his children and grandchildren. He attended every activity he was able to. Jimmy was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

He was always working on something at home, being out in the shop, and playing country music. He was a jack of all trades. The family knew if they had a question they could call on him and get the best advice. Anytime someone needed help, he would drop what he was doing, without hesitation, and lend a hand. It didn’t matter if it was fixing fences, installing water heaters, or embarking on a major Rockport rebuild project, he always made time to help.

You’ll never meet someone so fond of the gaftop catfish. It was comical to see the bait shop owners’ faces when he would ask them where or if they had been biting. While busloads of other fisherman were running ragged for hours on end, chasing a red here and a trout there, Jimmy was filling coolers with gaftop, and grinning from ear to ear. He had a knack for finding the fish and they always seemed to prefer his golden hook. He’s the only person we ever knew whose fish stories where not only corroborated by other people, but the story got bigger as OTHER people told it. Whether it was slaying gaftops on the outskirts of a hurricane, burning up 3 electric knives on a load of golden croaker, getting carpal tunnel from catching too many trout under the lights in Port Mansfield, or hauling in wave after wave of oversized drum on the bridge pier, he experienced some whoppers.

The hunting experiences were unforgettable too. There was an 800-pound cow elk, the trophy Colorado Muley he has hanging in the living room, and stories about the coldest body temperature he had ever experienced. He liked to name the deer he saw and getting game cameras really took this to the next level. There was big buck that showed up at his feeder behind the house that he named “The Christmas Buck”. This buck got its name because it only seemed to show up once a year on Christmas day, when he wasn’t in the blind. There was “Chocolate”, the dark heavy horned Cotulla buck that always seemed to know when he was there. “Thunder”, the huge bodied short horned buck and “Mesquite”, the trophy deer whose rack looked like a mesquite bush because it had so many points. This talent even rubbed off on his grandson and favorite hunting buddy, Mason and they named a few deer together. There was “Goldy” because of the horn color and “Butterball” because the body was so big. We wish we would have written down all the names. When the horns hit the ground the work began, and Jimmy took pride in processing his own meat. We have an annual sausage making event, where family and friends all get together to make sausage; he always keeping the secret family recipe under lock and key.

He was a very avid bowler and won numerous tournaments and received trophies for his accomplishments. He was also a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, especially the Dallas Cowboys, Notre Dame, and the Texas Longhorns. No matter the time of year, he could always strike up a conversation about football.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Jimmy used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. The family took several vacations, to places such as South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado. On those trips, they created many wonderful memories and experienced the journey together. Most of the trips were road trips, which allowed us to see the country side along the way and to bond as a family. He was always ready take Hope on a getaway, especially on a trip with their best friends Danny and Louise. Some of his favorite vacations included visiting Italy, the Black Forest in Germany, Alaska, traveling up the East Coast while eating lobster and clam chowder in Maine, hunting trips to Colorado, and fishing with his family on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Jimmy was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Jimmy’s favorites was his dog, Smokey. They were best friends for 17 years and enjoyed countless hours in the yard working on projects. He grew found of the family cat, Clipper. He also enjoyed watching wildlife from his back porch and while hunting.

In retirement, he found new pleasure in working on his projects, traveling with his wife, Hope, and eating at his favorite restaurants which included breakfasts at Grumpy’s and lunches with Mary and Harold at China Sea or La Tortilleria Mexican food. He was always up to try a new place though, especially if there was a buffet involved. In many ways, Jimmy loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends and family, meet for morning coffee, leisurely shop at his favorite stores; HEB, Wal-Mart, Costco, and Cabela’s, and work on building projects. We will miss him calling to tell us about the new item we just have to try, that he found at Costco, or him telling us when the steak were on sale at HEB.

Faith was important to Jimmy. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church all of his life. All who knew him would agree that Jimmy was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Jimmy did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.

James passed away on January 30, 2019 at PAM Specialty Hospital in New Braunfels, Texas. James fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his mother Frances Albrecht Mayer; wife Hope Kraft Mayer; son Kurt Mayer and wife Victoria; daughter Michelle Staley and husband, Josh; grandchildren, Mason and Lauren Mayer and Payton and Presley Staley; brothers Harvey Mayer, Don Mayer and wife Sandy and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. James was laid to rest in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery, in Selma, Texas.

Dad, you made us into who we are today and have molded us for whom we will become tomorrow. We are so proud of all you have done and for your fight to the end. We are relieved you are in peace now and finally got to go home. You have truly won the battle. We will miss you every day. We wish we could have told him thank you for giving us a strong foundation, guidance, and love all these years. You will be our light in the darkness. Your legacy will live on through your family and we will do our best to make you proud. We Love you always and forever.