Lloyd James Ayotte

lloyd ayotte

October 11, 1940 ~ March 8, 2022

Born in: Birmingham, MI
Resided in: Arlington, TX

Lloyd, better known as Jim, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on March 8, 2022 at the age of 81. He was born at home in Birmingham, Michigan on October 11, 1940, to his parents Lloyd and Ethel Ayotte, of Rochester, Michigan. Growing up in a large, loving family with seven other siblings consisting of three brothers and four sisters.
Jim was an Air Force Veteran proudly serving 6 years ranked as an Airman 2nd Class at Carswell Airforce Base. He joined the Air Force to travel the world, ending up in Texas where in 1961 he met his wife, Phyllis. Texas is where he stayed! Completing his education in 1965, he graduated from The American School and Technical Institute Machinist Division where he began his career as a machinist, later opening his own home remodeling business, then finally retiring in 2012.
Jim was a 3rd degree Life Member of Knights of Columbus Council #6269. His passion was remodeling, bowling, golf, and softball. He was a member of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church since 1972, where both daughters attended school as well. Jim was married to his wife Phyllis on March 1, 1963, recently celebrating 59 happy years together. Jim’s great love was family, his daughters Andrea and Adrienne and his sons-in-law, Brett and Jerry, which he considered, as his sons. One granddaughter, Morgan who in his eyes made the sun shine. Pictures of Morgan were in his wallet from the day she was born to current, 23 years later. He was one proud dad and granddaddy!
Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lloyd and Ethel Ayotte of Rochester, Michigan, brother William Ayotte of Rochester, Michigan, sisters Phyllis Hetterscheidt of Mt. Clemens, Michigan and Judy Ayotte of Rochester, Michigan.
Survived by his wife Phyllis, daughter Andrea Burnett and son-in-law Brett Burnett of Arlington, daughter Adrienne Penner and son-in-law Jerry Penner of Arlington, granddaughter Morgan Elam of Plano, Texas, sister Lorraine Neelis of Cheboygan, Michigan, sister Irene Walrad and husband Jack of Southfield, Michigan, brother Jack Ayotte and wife Linda of Oakland, Michigan, brother Robert Ayotte and wife Penny of Omer, Michigan, sister-in-law Gloria Ayotte of Rochester Hills, Michigan, brother-in-law James Cadenhead of DeLeon, Texas. In addition to numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family members, along with his dog Riley whom he loved dearly, enjoying his daily companionship.

We offer our greatest appreciation to family, friends, and caring neighbors for all your kindness and support during these trying times.

We would also like to convey a heartfelt thank you to the care givers of Community Healthcare of Texas for your daily commitment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Healthcare of Texas, Fort Worth/ Arlington, or to the Arlington Animal Shelter.


Rosary: March 24, 2022 10:30 am

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
1200 South Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76013

(817) 275-5081

Memorial Service: March 24, 2022 11:00 am

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
1200 South Davis Drive
Arlington, TX 76013

(817) 275-5081

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  1. CandleImageMy best friend’s Daddy, Dad #2, Robert Wagner look-alike…thank you for your kindness, love, and sense of humor. Thank you for being my “Dad” at the Father- Daughter Banquets and for letting us ride in the back of your truck untethered when you took us to get ice cream (every time I spent the night).
    I love you, and will always miss you here on Earth. My heart is filled with great joy that you are with God now. You were so strong. Well done, well done!

  2. Will sure miss you but you’re in Gods hands now. May God bless and keep you and all your family always and forever.

  3. It’s been almost 30 years since I left Arlington, TX to be closer to family, but in doing so I left a piece of my heart and extended family behind. Jim and Phyliss will always be family to me and I’ll never forget the love, friendship and kindness that they always modeled with a smile. Not to mention the Cribbage lessons Jim gave me. 30 years removed and I can honestly say I loved Jim and Phyliss and will remember Jjm fondly and express my sincere condolences to Phyliss and family that he loved dearly.

  4. We are so sorry for your loss. Gods blessings for peace and comfort at this difficult time. Sending our love! ❤️

  5. Phyllis, Andrea, & Adrian,
    My deepest sympathy for your loss of a wonderful man. Jim was a great friend of my late husband Jerry and me for many years. I’ll always remember what good times we had with Jim and Phyllis at the many Knights of Columbus functions at the KC Hall and then we would go to Denny’s for breakfast afterwards and continue the party. Also, I’ll remember the.fun times bowling with you two on the Knights of Columbus league. (We were all much younger then.).
    Lots of great memories.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May Jim Rest In Peace.
    Dolores Sumbera

  6. To my friend Andrea, I just want to wrap my arms around you and give you a hug and let you know how much you mean to me and how much I’m thinking about you right now call me if there’s anything I can do.

  7. Jim was a wonderful person , he will be missed. Godfather to our daughter.
    we have been friends 60 years.
    God bless you and family.

  8. Dear Phyllis, Andrea, Brett, Adrienne, Jerry and Morgan, I will miss my conversations with Jim. We have always had a close relationship even though we were miles apart. He has a special place in my heart. I am truly sorry for your loss. May you all find peace and comfort in knowing that he is free from suffering.
    Love and hugs – Janet Mather Lefko

  9. Dear Irene, Jack, Jack, Linda, Bob and Penny, I am sorry for your loss of another sibling, Jim. All of you were special neighbors and were like an extended family as we grew up. Hopefully Jim and Ken and all of those before them are having a reunion on high. May you find peace and comfort in your memories.
    Love – Janet Mather Lefko

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