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Kalahar, James "Jim" Taylor

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August 14, 1965 - September 6, 2018

Kalahar, James "Jim" Taylor

James Kalahar, known to friends as “Jim,” passed away on September 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 53. Born on August 14, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois to Thomas Leon Kalahar and Susan Taylor Knauss.

Jim grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Bay Village, Ohio. He attended Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, where he excelled in football and graduated in 1984. Jim continued playing football at Grand Valley State and Michigan State, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Major in Advertising in 1989.

After college Jim was active in the Dallas-Ft. Worth advertising community for a number of years. He started his career at Banner Radio in National Radio sales and then moved into Television sales, where his career continued as National Sales Manager at KTXA Channel 21 followed by Local Sales Manager at KTVT Channel 11. In August 2003 he joined Camelot Communications, his family’s Marketing & Media business until December 2017.

Jim loved getting to know people and will always be remembered for his “quick wit” and sense of humor.  He loved playing and watching football and anything related to “Michigan State”. Jim was very athletic growing up and won numerous awards in baseball, football, swimming and track. When Jim’s son was younger, he enjoyed helping coach Colin’s football teams. He was also very fond of fishing and taught his daughter, Taylor, how to fish on their Indian Princess camp outs.

Jim will forever be remembered by his daughter Taylor Kalahar and son Colin Kalahar, father Tom Kalahar and step-mother Brenda and their extended family, his mother Susan, who resides in Florida and her extended family. Jim will also be fondly remembered by his brothers and sisters, Thomas T. Kalahar, Patrick Kalahar and Amy Kalahar-Utsey, sister-in-law Stephanie Kalahar, brother-in-law Tracy Utsey, Tina Nelson, Dina Keifer, brother-in-law, Carson Keifer, Kirk Knauss, sister-in-law Kathy Knauss, Kristen Schlachter, and brother-in-law, Jim Schlacter. Jim will lovingly be remembered by his nieces and nephews, Drew, Kaley, Blake, Conner, Trent, Sarah, Spencer and Jared. He will be missed by many extended family members, former spouse, Michelle, and former in-laws and their families.  Jim will be sadly missed by his best friends, Rick Wisniewski and Ryan Scott, as well as many other dear friends.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on September 19, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 5801 W Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093, with Reverend Arthur Jones officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the DREAM Fund on behalf of Jim via the website

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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William Muckelroy

September 19, 2018 4:37PM

Sorry for your loss. His passing is just sad. I knew Jim from a gone-but-not-forgotten after work hangout and sports place in Dallas, Bens. He will be missed and is now at peace.

Marsha Becker

September 17, 2018 8:06AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Although I didn't know Jim personally, his younger siblings were at my house a lot growing up. I heard stories about him off & on throughout the years. I know he will be missed by all. God bless.

Gretchen Giltner Dietz

September 16, 2018 4:39PM

My deepest sympathy to Jim’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. While I haven’t seen Jim in a very long time, I remember him as kind, giving and one of the funniest people I have ever met. I will cherish the memories I have. May the Lord bless and comfort you all during this time of grief. Gretchen (Giltner) Dietz

Alex Fontaine

September 15, 2018 3:04PM

Jim certainly had an impact in my life as a young student at Michigan State University. From the moment I met him I could tell he was a confident young man and he certainly filled a room with his presence. It’s been many years and although I’m saddened by the news I am so glad I met him and will always remember Jim.