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James Arlen Masters

February 3, 1959 — June 29, 2023

Lee's Summit



James Arlen Masters, known affectionately by his friends and family as Jim, passed away tragically on Thursday, June 29, 2023. He was surrounded by loved ones at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he fought bravely but ultimately succumbed to his injuries from a motorcycle accident. Born on February 3, 1959, in East St. Louis, IL, Jim lived a life filled with love, accomplishment, and cherished moments.


Jim's dedication to his community was evident throughout his career retiring as Fire Captain for Kansas City Missouri Fire Department. After proudly serving for many years, he retired in 2005 and left a lasting impact on all those he worked alongside. As an esteemed member of the IAFF Local 42, Jim created a legacy of bravery and selflessness that will forever be remembered by his colleagues. In addition to serving his community, Jim started his own successful IT business called, A.M. Technologies, Inc., further proving his hard work and dedication not only to his family and himself but utilizing his education he work so hard for.


Outside of work, Jim had a zest for life that was contagious. He met the love of his life, Suzie, at Bally's gym and instantly knew she was someone special. From that moment on, they were inseparable. Jim and Suzie tied the knot in January of 1995 and cherished every moment they spent together. They made it a point to have a date night every Friday at their favorite restaurant Ponaks, where they created countless memories that brought them closer as a couple.


Family meant everything to Jim; they were the core of his being. He treasured each moment spent with them and never ceased to express his love and affection. His children, James II, Britt and Kemal, brought immeasurable joy into his life. Every milestone they reached filled him with pride and fulfilled him as a father. Jim adored being a grandfather to Eva Masters and cherished every opportunity he had to spoil her with love.


Education played an important role in Jim's life, and he graduated from Raytown South High School as a proud member of the Class of 1977. He further pursued his passion by earning an Associate's degree in Information Technology. Jim's commitment to learning was admirable, and he constantly sought new knowledge and skills to better himself.


Jim was known for his dependability, kindness, and loving nature. A true do-it-yourselfer, he always had ongoing projects around his home that kept him engaged and fulfilled. With his signature flannel shirt, jeans, boots, and hat, Jim embraced a rugged yet timeless fashion sense that perfectly matched his personality.


In his leisure time, Jim found solace in country music. His favorite artist was Eric Church, whose songs resonated with him on a deep level. Unbeknownst to some, Jim had taught himself how to play the guitar and was becoming quite skilled. His determination and dedication shone through every note he played.


Physical fitness was important to Jim, and he loved working out to stay active and healthy. He exemplified strength both in mind and body throughout his life. He enjoyed riding, Jim loved his "Firefighters" special edition motorcycle, which symbolized his unwavering commitment to serving others.


Jim's passing leaves a profound void in the lives of those who knew him best. He is survived by his beloved wife Suzie, his son, James II and wife Keena and his granddaughter Eva, son Kemal, daughter, Britt. Jim's mother Carol Louise Carter held a special place in his heart as did his nephew, Dylan as they preceded him in death, as well as his father, James Everett Masters. He is also mourned by his sisters Lisa (Les) Lira, Lori (David) Stolberg, Robin (Dan) Elliott, brother Tim (Tamla) Masters, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and dear friends.


The legacy of James Arlen Masters will forever be etched in our memories. His kindness touched countless lives in ways that words cannot fully capture. As we grieve the loss of a remarkable individual, let us also celebrate the beautiful life Jim lived. May his courageous spirit and unwavering love continue to inspire us all. Rest in peace, beloved Jim.


A Celebration of Life has been planned for Friday, September 15, 2023 at Woods Chapel Methodist Church 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit, MO 64064 in Lee's Summit, MO. A brief service will be at 5:00 p.m., then family will greet guest until 7:00 p.m.

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Friday, September 15, 2023

5:00 - 5:30 pm (Central time)

Woods Chapel United Methodist Church

4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit, MO 64064

A brief service to take place at 5pm.

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Celebration Gathering

Friday, September 15, 2023

5:30 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Woods Chapel United Methodist Church

4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee's Summit, MO 64064

After the brief service family will greet guest until 7pm

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