April 26, 1987 ~ July 7, 2018

Born in: Cleveland, OH
Resided in: Iowa City, IA

James “Jim” Lewis Napier III, a law student at University of Iowa, died unexpectedly on July 7, 2018 at the age of 31 while hiking in the Rocky Mountains he loved.

Jim is survived by his father and step-mother, Dr. James Napier Jr. and Patty Cisle; his sister and brother-in-law Susan Napier and Alexander Berger; his grandmother Irene Napier; and his adoring niece and nephew. He is predeceased by his mother, Kristine Napier.

Jim was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 26, 1987. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 and worked in technology before being called to law school.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hiking, backpacking, and skiing. While he was forever in search of new adventures, or simply the next peak to summit, he was also devoted to his extended family and friends.

A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00am on July 11, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 2626 E 7th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO. There will be a reception after the Mass at a private residence. The address will be given at the Mass.

Memorial contributions in James L. Napier III’s name may be made to the Knights of Columbus Christian Relief Efforts, http://www.kofc.org/en/charities/christian-relief/index.html.


Funeral Mass: July 11, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Good Shepherd Catholic Church
2626 E. 7th Avenue Parkway
Denver, CO


Room: There will be a reception after the Mass at a private residence. The address will be given at the Mass.

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  1. I am very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is made even more difficult when that loss is sudden. When death robs us of the ones we love, where can we turn for comfort? The Bible calls God the “God of comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3,4) What comfort does God provide? “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out..” (John 5:28,29) God will restore those who have died back to life. They will have the prospect of living forever in paradise on earth. May this hope comfort your grieving hearts.

  2. Miss you, man. You were a great guy to have a beer with and an excellent friend to study with. You were reason I passed my first year classes. I pray you have found peace and comfort and found your way home to God.

  3. I met Jim at work in California. We became friends over our mutual interests in history, philosophy, and travel. I have some great memories of walking around our company’s campus discussing life plans and hobbies. I was at his going away party in San Francisco and got to see him one more time before he left California when he came out to get wine with my wife and I. He was so happy to be heading to law school and to be having an exciting change in his life. The last time we talked was in June and he was asking about my search for a new job and how it was going. I just got a new job earlier this month and it was on my mind to reach out and let him know. Jim, I got that new job and thanks for the advice and support along the way. I’ll be thinking of you, man.

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