Friday, September 24, 2010

OBITUARY: James E. Scartaccini

James E. Scartaccini(May 7, 1950-Sept. 17, 2010)

James E Scartaccini was in an auto accident on Wednesday, September 15 and passed away on Friday, September 17.  James was born in Magdalena, NM on May 7, 1950 to Eugene and Ardell (Burkhart) Scartaccini.  He was raised in Magdalena and Golden, NM and went to high school in Moriarty, NM where he played football and was active in FFA. James’ father and uncles were silver and gold miners in Kelly, Magdalena and Golden, NM.   James grew up working in those mines from when he was just a small boy.  He collected mineral specimens as a boy and sold them to tourists in his mother’s antique shop.  Geology and mineralogy were precious subjects to him. He was highly knowledgeable in these areas. James moved his family to Gila in 1982.  Over the years he was active in mining in Southwest New Mexico and in northern Mexico.  He worked in developing and promoting many mining operations in this area.  Most recently, he was working on three mining projects that were very dear to him, The Royal John Mine, The Alhambra Mine in Grant County, and the Lone Pine Mine in Catron County. James was also a master diesel mechanic and had a used equipment sales business, Gila Equipment and Mining with his partner of 34 years.  He enjoyed buying older loaders, dozers and other equipment; repairing and then selling them.  He also enjoyed collecting antiques. James is survived by his mother, Ardell, of T or C, his siblings, Walter Scartaccini of Irvine CA, Eugene of Cliff, NM, and Genna of T or C.  He is also survived by his children: Travis Eugene Scartaccini and Donald W. Anderson of Silver City, Grace Scartaccini Runyan of Auburn WA and Tyler Chavez of Magdalena, his grandchildren Antoinette (Toni) Buster, of Ft Hood TX, Jacob Scartaccini of Las Cruces, Travis Scartaccini Jr.,  and Emma Scartaccini of Silver City. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Scartaccini, and his son James Michael Scartaccini. James loved his many friends and business associates.  He was loved by them and will be sorely missed. The memorial was at Terrazas Funeral Chapel Wednesday.

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