James Calvin Hobart III

August 10, 1934 – October 20, 2023

James Calvin Hobart III, 89, of Sun City, Arizona, passed away suddenly on October 20th, 2023. Born August 10th, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of the late Everett W. and Evelyn “Louise” D. Hobart.

James “Jim” Hobart was an accomplished public servant, with a talent for finance and efficiency. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Yale University, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His almost 40-year career in city and university administration took him from Tucson, AZ, to New Hampshire. While in New Hampshire, a state he dearly loved, he was City Manager of Keene, N.H., followed by positions at Keene State College as Director of Administration, and Plymouth State College as Director of Finance. He left each place he worked better off than when he arrived. He was a forward-thinking, innovative man and loved a challenge. His inquisitive mind and intellectual approach served him well in everything he did.

Jim is survived by his spouse, best friend, and soulmate Sarah Durham Hobart. They shared a love for almost 75 years. He also leaves behind four children; Brian (Diane) Hobart of New London, N.H., Christine (Anthony) Randall of Ashland, N.H., Rebecca Berry of Tulalip, WA., and Sarah T. Hobart of Arcata, CA.; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. His children are grateful for his legacy of a love of nature and sense of humor.

We have all lost a great man, a man who refused to acknowledge his greatness. Nobody who met him remained untouched by his sense of humor, his kindness, and his unselfishness. He once remarked that his brother was the saint of the family. Those who have been left behind would disagree that there was only one.

In the short time since Jim’s passing, he probably has figured out a way to make Heaven run more efficiently.

In keeping with his wishes, Jim will be cremated, and his ashes spread over a N.H. lake at a family service in the spring.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.sunlandmemorial.com for the Hobart family.