Jimmy (Jim) Johnny Weahkee began his journey home on March 1, 2022 at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Jim was a proud member of the Zuni Indian Tribe and traveled back to Zuni, New Mexico regularly to visit with family, hunt elk, and reconnect with his native heritage. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Priscilla (Trujillo) Weahkee; his sister, Gloria Weahkee (married to Terry Sterrett); brother, Buster Weahkee, Jr.(married to Sheila Feldman); and son Jimmy Weahkee, Jr. (married to Julie Holt). Jim’s grandparents were Juan and Catalina (Cordova) Trujillo of Angostura, NM, and Willie and Cora (Hooee) Weahkee of Zuni, NM.
Jim leaves behind his loving wife of 33 years, Mary Jean (Kobus) Weahkee of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Germaine Weahkee of Phoenix, AZ; step-daughter Lori (Bill) Grassberger of Largo, FL; sons, Michael (Rose) Weahkee of Scottsdale, AZ and Charley (Karen) Weahkee of Conroe, TX, and Timothy (Lisa) Weahkee of Kingman, AZ. In addition, Jim had 24 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, all whom he loved dearly. Jim has six surviving brothers and sisters, Manuel (Sharon) Weahkee of Bloomfield, NM; Lita (Pat) Duran of Bloomfield, NM; Corrine (Ron) Hackborn of La Plata, NM; Venna (Bobby) Norton of Farmington, NM; Ricky Weahkee of Durango, CO; and adopted brother Rona Weeks of Wichita, KS. Jim has many nieces, nephews and cousins from his large extended family, and he has many adopted brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, sons and daughters, all of whom love and miss him dearly. Jim is also a graduate of Farmington High School (class of 1967).
Jim never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with anyone that crossed his path. Jim had an amazing sense of humor and relished in teasing his family members and friends about just about anything under the sun. He always had a mischievous twinkle in his eye, which he inherited from his father Buster, Sr. Jim was a surveyor, a carpenter, a plumber, an electrician, a roofer, a tiler, an artist and much more. Jim spent most of his life doing what he loved, being his own boss, building and improving homes, renovating kitchens and bathrooms, and meeting lots of people along the way.
Jim was an avid fisherman, hunter, camper and outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing with his wife Mary; hunting elk with his brothers Manuel and Buster and his sons, nephews and grandsons; and camping in a pop-up trailer or a tent whenever he had the opportunity. He loved to tell stories of his travels, having worked or lived in many different places across the U.S. and even internationally in the country of Guyana. He shared stories of the road trips that he took to Woodstock and to Mexico in his college days, of the cruises that he went on with his wife Mary, and he traveled across the country many times throughout his life, seeing places and meeting lots of interesting people along the way.
Jim lived life to the fullest and leaves behind a legacy of teachings for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, of the value of hard work, love, patience, peace and forgiveness for misgivings. In lieu of flowers, please honor Jim by reaching out to an estranged family member or friend today to make amends. Jim requested to be cremated and to have his remains spread at his favorite fishing hole back home in New Mexico. His wishes will be carried out and more specific information will be shared with friends and family members as it becomes available.