• Celebration of Life

    Feb 19, 2022, 11:00 AM US/Mountain

The memorial organizer requested donations in honor of James McKaskle


Funeral Expenses & Support the family.

Hello Friends and Family, This is Meranda McKaskle, James McKaskle’s daughter. On January 16th, while in the hospital, my father passed away from pneumonia brought on by Covid. His sudden passing has taken a huge toll on our family as we grieve for our loss and take the time to settle his personal and business affairs. As some of you may know, my father ran North Valley Martial Arts school where he taught self-defense to adults and children, which was one of his biggest passion in life. With his recent passing, we have found out we are sadly unable to continue his legacy and remain open. As part of this, we were notified that we had until the end of this month to get all that belonged to him out of the dojo. Between moving his stuff out, planning a memorial in California for his close family members, a celebration of life in Phoenix for his friends and the dojo family, and taking time to grieve, we have been struggling financially. My brother and I would like to attend the memorial in California which will be an expensive trip where our employers don’t offer paid time off during this difficult time. So we have decided to ask for help so our family can stay afloat during this difficult period of time. The money we are asking for will go towards important bills for the family and final expenses for my father. The McKaskle family thanks everyone for what they have currently done for us and we appreciate any donations we may get at this time. Thank you so much.

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Meranda McKaskle

James McKaskle

March 06, 1969 - January 16, 2022

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A Life Remembered   James E McKaskle, Sr March 3, 1969 – January 16, 2022 Phoenix, AZ   James E McKaskle, 52, passed away unexpectedly on January 16, 2022. James was born in La Mirada, California on March 3, 1969 to his surviving mom, Pamela Ann Forest. He grew up with his sister Tammy Lea Black and raised his daughter, Meranda McKaskle and son James McKaskle Jr.   James spent his earlier life in California where he started his...  see more
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    I still have trouble believing Master James is really gone. Perhaps that's because his spirit lives on, in each of us, his students.

    He knew I tend to be my harshest judge, but he never gave up on me, even though I gave him reason to more than once. ...  more
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    RIP Warrior, caring instructor, friend. Gone far too soon. You will be missed dearly.
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    We met Sensei at a meet the teacher night at Basis Phoenix Central, where he taught our son Spencer, and were so impressed with his teaching philosophy. We immediately signed the kids up to continue learning with him at his private dojo. He has been such...  more
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    "Sensei James always taught us in a positive way. He was a great instructor and I will take miss him and our class." Eldon Johnson, Yellow Belt

    He was so helpful in working with my super-shy daughter Emily too. We will miss him.
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    “I love coach James because he never let me give up. He was super strict and that made me learn so I could get my yellow belt quickly. I hope he has a great time in Heaven.” - Love Harper Cerreta(age 8)

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