James
James T. Tengan January 24, 1935 - August 17, 2010 James T. Tengan born January 24, 1935 in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii, passed away at the age of 75. He is survived by his loving family, wife, Jean, daughter, Jamie, son, Jason, son-in-law, Michael, daughter-in-law, Coney, and granddaughter, Alex. Jim, as most of friends knew him, graduated from Lahainaluna High School. After graduation from the University of Hawaii, Jim was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served three tours of duty in Vietnam. After 28 years, he retired at the rank of Colonel. Upon his retirement from the Army, Jim worked at the Aerospace Corporation for 26 years. There will be no service as Jim will eventually be taken back to his beloved Maui. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a contribution to your favorite charity in Jim's name.

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  1. My deepest sympathies to Jean and family. I am truly sorry for your loss. I know that he will be deeply missed by all as he has touched so many lives. He was a man of honor, integrity and respect. He was a scholar and a gentleman. Though I have moved back to the Midwest I have kept my memories of my time spent working with him at Aerospace. As Vietnman Veteran I enjoyed when he would share one of his stories of Vietnam with me. Rest in Peace, Colonel. Matt Guenther

  2. To the Tengan family, I am so sorry about the lost of Jim. Jim was my manager for about seven years at Aerospace Corporation, he was a good manager and I considered him a friend. Jim told me many tales of his life such as growing up in Maui and how he played in the sugarcane fields and many war stories when he was in Vietnam. The one story I recall the most, is how he helped coordinated the Bob Hope “Jingles Christmas Show” in Vietnam, he told me that story a couple of times and I believe that was one of the highlights of his military career, because he helped in an event that bought joy to the troops. Jim talked a lot about family, such as both of his kids were good swimmers, one worked at the Federal Building and one was in the Coast Guards. He talked about how when his granddaughter was young she was such a great host at parties, he talked about a pet squirrel in Germany, and the dogs name Trooper and he talked about family trips to the Islands. I will truly miss seeing Jim’s face at Aerospace and I will miss talking to him. Jill Greenlaw

  3. R.I.P. Grandpa. You were a great mentor/friend. I have always enjoyed all of the stories you shared with me ranging from your childhood in Maui, the days you spent playing football at your beloved Lahainaluna High School, to your experiences in the Vietnam war. I am truely greatful for all that you and grandma have done for me and I will always cherish the good times we had together. – Your Loving granddaughter, Alex.

  4. Jim, so sad to have you leave us at such a young age. You are much loved at Aerospace; I will miss seeing you. Rest easy, my friend.

  5. I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of my dear friend Jim. I have known Jim since he started at Aerospace and we have been friends for all these years. He was also my manager for a awhile. I loved all his stories as well. He was a good, hard working man with integrity. He was loved and respected here at Aerospace. He will be missed by all of us. He loved his family and spoke of them often. We have an item that we would like to send to Alex as a tribute to her grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Renee Risher

  6. I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of my dear friend Jim. I have known Jim since he started at Aerospace and we have been friends for all these years. He was also my manager for a awhile. I loved all his stories as well. He was a good, hard working man with integrity. He was loved and respected here at Aerospace. He will be missed by all of us. He loved his family and spoke of them often. We have an item that we would like to send to Alex as a tribute to her grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Renee Risher

  7. Jean and Family…..our deepest condolences to all of you. Both you and James were a part of our growing up years in Lahaina and we are truly sorry for your loss. We send our prayers and aloha to you. A Hui Hou and Malama Pono Kenny, Abbie, Pudgie & Ulu

  8. To the Tengan Family, Jim was a good friend who loved to tell a good joke. I will miss him terribly. My sincerest condolences to your family.

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