James Dean McMath

  • Born: September 1, 1931
  • Died: December 7, 2018
  • Location: Trenton, Michigan

Trenton Chapel-Martenson Family of Funeral Homes

3200 West Rd.
Trenton, MI 48183

Tel. (734) 671-5400

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Brother

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Jim by adding your memories and photos.

James Dean McMath, born September 1, 1931, passed away at his home on December 7, 2018. He was the sixth of eight children born to Zelma and William. He served 4 years in the Air Force during the Korean War, and married Doreen G. McGrath upon his return in 1955. He retired from Michigan Bell after 39 years of service. Jim and his wife proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Anyone who knew Jim would attest that he was the sweetest person that ever lived.

Jim will be forever remembered by Doreen, his wife of 63 years; his three daughters, Sandi (Jim) Cocciolone, Karen McMath, and Linda McMath (Steve Salley). Eight grandchildren, Danya (Jason) Stump, Tommy Cox, Jesse (Amber) Winn, Nathan (Jo) Winn, Andy (Kayla) Morris, Marty Morris, Sydney Salley, Jordan Salley, as well as seven great-grandchildren: Madison and Meagan Stump, Annabelle, Olivia and Daxton Morris, and Owen and Avery Winn. Jim will also be remembered by his sister, Janet Charter, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation hours will be at Martenson's Funeral Home in Trenton on Monday, December 10, from 2 PM – 8 PM.

A funeral service and celebration of his life will be on Tuesday, December 11, at 11 AM at The Apostolic Church of Flat Rock, 24550 Gibraltar Road | Flat Rock, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorial donations be made to the:

Beaumont Hospice
Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation


Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences for your loss. We were across the street neighbors, my mom and dad (Jim and Norma Barrett) were good friends with Jim and Doreen. Linda was a neighborhood friend of mine. Peace be with all of you.

Linda (Barrett) Bazil
Savannah, GA

Posted by Linda Barrett Bazil - Savannah, GA - Neighbor   January 23, 2019

Offering our sincere condolences. May the God of love comfort your heart and make you firm in your time of grief. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.

Posted by A friend   January 14, 2019

Uncle Jim, You will be very missed You such a wonderfull and kind person that was always so fun to be around, Rest In Peace Ungle Jim and be with Our Lord now! Sorry we could not get up to see You!

Posted by Gary & Diane Schafer - SWANTON, OH - Family   December 10, 2018

My deepest sympathy to Doreen and family. Jim was such a wonderful neighbor and a kind and gentle soul. Jim - God bless you and may you rest in eternal peace.

Posted by Reshelle Scheffler - Chicago, IL - Neighbor   December 09, 2018

A wonderful friend and neighbor of 38 yrs. Jim and Doreen have undoubtedly been the most generous and loved couple in the neighborhood, always ready to lend a helping hand to everybody. You will be missed by all and we will be there to support your family as you have always been for us. I'm sure God has provided you a special place in heaven.
Your family is in our prayers.

Posted by Sharon Sullivan - Trenton, MI - Neighbor   December 09, 2018

We are thankful Jim is now at peace, and we are grateful we had a chance to visit and enjoy the company of such a gentle and kind soul. Jim leaves a legacy in his loving family - we send love & comfort to you all.

Posted by Julie Rogier & John Barlage And Family - Rochester Hills, MI - friend   December 09, 2018


I will miss you daddy. You are in peace now. I love you.

Posted by Sandi Cocciolone - Brighton, MI - Daughter   December 08, 2018

Jim, your spirit will live on up and down Norwood Drive and beyond. Be at peace now at home in the arms of our Lord and Savior. Your kindness will live on through your wonderful wife Doreen and your beautiful daughters. We are proud to know you and be included in your circle of friends. Your smile and sense of humor will be missed. Rest in peace our friend.

Posted by John and Cindy Everett - Trenton, MI - Neighbor   December 08, 2018

Family Album

Community Photos

You will be missed Uncle Jim. Give my Mom a hug for me in Heaven. You were such a sweet man! -Jenny
Trout fishing for Grandpa's birthday
Grandpa and granddaughters in Harrisville
Marty and Grandpa at Danya's wedding

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Jim and sister Janet
On the lft is Jim (small boy) with his father & grandpa. On the rt, Jim, who now looks like grandpa

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Nate's wedding

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