James Ether Ferrin

James Ether Ferrin, or Jimmy as he was known by many, of Phoenix, entered into eternal life Monday morning, February 27, 2017, at the Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, following a brief illness. Jimmy was 37.

Jimmy came into this world on Christmas morning of 1979, in Phoenix, born to Carolyn Whitecotton Ferrin and Ivan Ferrin. He grew up and obtained his formal education there. Following high school, Jimmy obtained work with Fry’s Food Stores as a customer service associate, cashiering and a deli clerk. Jimmy’s work ethic soon became very evident as he applied for and was promoted to pharmacy technician, which became his calling in life.

From the minute he was born, you knew when Jimmy was in the room. His presence was felt by all. Jimmy’s ability for unconditional love for his family and friends helped in fostering close relationships that he dearly treasured. The depth of our loss due to Jimmy’s passing is immeasurable. A beautiful soul was taken from us far too soon.

Jimmy leaves to mourn: his father and step-mother, Ivan and Clara Ferrin; his life partner, Marc Cardenas; his siblings, Chuck (Gaby), Derrick, Jason, Jennifer Davis (John) and Jonathan (Sharynn); three step-sisters, Cress, Clarissa and Stephanie; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Whitecotton; nine nieces and nephews, and numerous step-nieces and nephews. Jimmy was welcomed into Heaven by: his mother, Carolyn; a sister, Sharla Hightower; his paternal grandparents, Ramona and Ray Ferrin; and his maternal grandfather, Norace Whitecotton.

Jimmy’s funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon, March 10, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., at the Maryvale L.D.S. Chapel, 3802 North 59th Avenue, in Phoenix, by Bishop Glendon Templeton.

The family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. until 3:45 p.m., at the Maryvale L.D.S. Chapel Relief Society Room.

Additional funeral services for Jimmy will be conducted Saturday morning, March 11, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at the Pima L.D.S. Chapel by Bishop Ted French of the Pima Fourth Ward. Concluding services will follow in the Pima Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., at the Pima L.D.S. Chapel Junior Sunday School Room. Arrangements are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.