Jim Roberts

Jim Roberts

April 07, 1937 - April 19, 2021


Jim Roberts

April 7, 1937 – April 19, 2021


With deepest sorrow we regret to inform you that Jim Roberts passed away suddenly Monday, April 19, 2021 in the arms of his beloved wife Pat McDonald Roberts.  Jim was an only child and was preceded in death by his father John Peter Blow and his mother Norma Sisson Roberts.

Jim is survived by his wife Pat McDonald Roberts, children; Christopher Roberts, Christine Roberts, and Rick Roberts, his five grandchildren; Renee, Katelyn, Chris Jr, Baker, Michael and great-granddaughters; Juliet and Alice.

Jim was born April 7, 1937 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Jim’s childhood was spent in Marcellus, Michigan.  He was an excellent student and athlete.  Jim played football, basketball and baseball every year until his graduation in 1955.  He also sang in the choir and in a quartet.  After college he began his long career in maritime construction and transportation.  He traveled the world and retired from the Fluor Corporation in Houston, Texas in 2013 at the age of 76.  He was a lifelong sports fan, and avid supporter of his beloved Michigan Wolverines.  Go Blue!


In 2018, Jim and his wife Pat relocated to Laguna Woods, California to be closer to his children and grandchildren.  He had an amazing sense of humor and was the King of the One Liners.  He loved life and was beloved by family and friends.

Jim was a lifelong Christian and member of the E.U.B. church where in his youth he rang the church bell.  Most recently he was a member of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston, TX.

His last wishes were to be cremated and his ashes returned “home” to the state of Michigan.  In lieu of flowers The Roberts Family asks that you make a donation to the University of Michigan Champions Fund – Football and/or Michigan Medicine Annual Fund to the donor’s giving basket, as well as populate the tribute ‘in memory of Jim Roberts:

Champions Fund – Football

Michigan Medicine Annual Fund
Donations may also be mailed:
Attn: Gift and Records Administration, 3003 South State St. Ste 8000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109



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11 responses to Jim Roberts

  1. Rick Roberts says:

    Jim was known for being: humorous, compassionate, supportive, hard working, a role model, honorable, a fantastic grandparent/father/son, proud, selfless, unconditionally loving, and a loyal friend. I am honored, humbled and thankful that I knew him as….my Dad. Love you “Pops”

    1. We are so sorry for your profound loss, Rick. I’m glad we got to spend some time with him and your mom several years ago in Katy when you brought your kids over to see our newborn colt. We love you, Rick. Please give your mom our sincere condolences. Love, Katie and David

  2. My friend Jim was a kind and caring confidant and all-around good guy. I came to see Jim and Pat twice a week and we walked around the blocks talked & laughed & bonded. Jim was very kind to me and taught me lessons about life and caring for people. He is truly missed, he was one of my best friends. Jim loved Jesus and was a blessing to many.
    Rest in Paradise, my friend.

  3. Dearest Pat and family, so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a lovely man. Praying for you all during this difficult time.

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