James (Jim) E. Maldonado, IAEI International Fifth Vice President, passed away suddenly on October 29, 2011.
Born October 17, 1953 in Phoenix, Arizona, he was preceded in death by his parents Tony and LaRue. Jim is survived by his wife Corinne, five children, Brent (Terina), Brian, Carrie Skiba (Burt), Heather, Erica Hansen (Tim) and seven grandchildren.
He was a man of many talents. He worked as a plan check engineer for the city of Tempe. He served on the board of directors and was the past president of IAEI. He enjoyed spending time with family and serving others.
“It was with deep sadness when I learned of the untimely death of IAEI Board member Jim Maldonado,” writes Dave Clements, IAEI CEO and Executive Director. “Jim was a huge supporter of IAEI and his contributions to the organization have been significant. He will be greatly missed at the International level as well as within his IAEI Section and Chapter.
“Jim will be remembered for his enthusiasm and passion for public safety and ways that IAEI could fulfill his mission. He always took the opportunity to stress the importance of electrical inspections, certification for inspectors and continuing education as important and necessary components for public safety. I especially enjoyed Jim describing at last year’s executive committee meeting why IAEI should consider the education of children on the hazards of electricity, using the example of his participation in setting up an IAEI booth at a home show in the Phoenix area. I still see the enthusiasm and smile on his face as he told the story of children flocking to the booth with their parents to view a children’s safety video on electricity.
“Jim served as a director on the International Board for the past three years. At the time of his death he was 5th vice president on the executive committee and was serving on several board committees including the Long Range Planning Committee. The committee recently completed goals for a 5-year plan. Jim’s passion for public safety is reflected in many of the goals. For this and for all of his other contributions to IAEI, we will remember and miss Jim.
“He was truly a champion for the built environment and as an electrician a stalwort for our IAEI mission of electrical safety. His provoking thought, and always helpful demeanor will be sorely missed.”
Chuck Mello, outgoing international president, writes, “In my 28 years of activity with IAEI, I have known Jim for about 20 of them. While we did not always agree on every technical issue, I found Jim to be very passionate about electrical safety in general and especially about the value the electrical inspector provides to the public. It is this passion for the industry, his leadership, and also, for me, his friendship that will be missed.”