James Blinn Obituary

James Kemper Blinn
James Kemper Blinn

November 22, 1939 - April 19, 2019
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
Resided in Wheaton, Illinois


Jim Blinn passed away in peace on Good Friday, in Wheaton, IL with his wife by his side. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of Horace and Jeanne Blinn. The family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when the boys were young. They settled in Palo Alto, CA. Jim was the first-born of three boys. He leaves behind his brothers Tom and Steve Blinn. Jim also leaves behind his wife, Barbara Blinn, who together would have celebrated their 53rd year of marriage. In addition, he leaves behind two daughters, Bonnie Smyth and Deborah Zingg and his three grandchildren.

Jim and Barbara met through a fellow friend in Palo Alto, CA. He studied at various academic colleges and graduated from Golden Gate College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. When he met his wife, he was a Shoe Salesman at Emporium. Jim, Barbara and Bonnie went to live in New York for a brief time so Jim could train with Merrill Lynch to get his Stock Broker License. He continued to grow his career when he joined Franklin Templeton leading sales of financial products across 13 Midwestern states in the early 1980’s. Later on, he worked for Investor Tools and then he had an opportunity to be part of and grow Securities Quote Xchange (SQX), a financial software company.

In between selling shoes and financial products, he took a detour to fulfill his entrepreneur passion by opening his own pizza restaurant, Jim’s Place Pizza, etc. in Saratoga, CA. He was given the opportunity to expand Skip’s Place Pizza in Los Altos, CA and used the same menu. After his two-year bliss with pizza, he moved onto his sales job at Franklin Templeton. The Blinns raised their family in the San Francisco Bay Area, mostly Los Altos and the southwest suburbs of Chicago, specifically Wheaton, IL.

As a resident in Wheaton for over 30 years, Jim volunteered and showed the light of Christ with investing his time to his local community, Compass Church, Illinois Family Institute, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and started a men’s ministry at Wheaton Evangelical Church. Jim was also actively involved with the Billy Graham Call Center, taking calls as a volunteer. When not working or volunteering, you would find Jim casting his fishing rod in any body of water that had fish, meeting friends for a good laugh, mentoring other men through their journey of life or joining a Dobro jam session in his local community.

For his commitment to God, family, service, entrepreneurship and mentoring, Jim will be remembered as a role model to many.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to one of the following organizations:

DuPage Care Center Foundation 400 N. County Farm Road Wheaton, IL 60187 https://dpccfoundation.org
Compass Church 520 E. Roosevelt Road Wheaton, IL 60187 https://www.thecompass.net/connect/giving
Billy Graham Association 1 Billy Graham Parkway Charlotte, North Carolina 28201 https://billygraham.org

A memorial service will be held at The Compass Church- Wheaton Campus, 520 E. Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL on Saturday, May 11, 4:00 p.m.




Memorial Service
Compass Church
520 E. Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL US 60187
Saturday, May 11, 2019
4:00 PM
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