In loving memory of

James David Sackett
April 30, 1961 - August 31, 2021

James David Sackett was born April 30, 1961 in Rochester, MN. He passed away at his home on August 31st, 2021.

Jim graduated from Mayo High School in 1979. He was happily married to Diane Sackett who was his partner in life for 36 years. Jim was a proud sprinkler fitter for 40 years with Olympic Fire Protection and retired two years ago. Jim always enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He had a passion for the outdoors, deer hunting and home improvement projects, especially ones at the cabin. Jim loved the game of hockey, and he never missed a single game that his boys played. His genuine spirit and down-to-earth personality will be remembered by all.

Jim is survived by his wife, Diane; sons, Tom and fiancé Erin and Tony and girlfriend Molly; Parents Dave Sackett and Teresa Sackett; siblings, Kim (Paul) Sackett-Rowekamp, Joni (Tony) Canney, Ann (John) Bikus, John (Nikki) Sackett, and Sarah Mason (Tom Hoel). He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and many members of the Rochester community.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes (5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN). Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, September 6th, 2021 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home as well as one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, MN. The funeral will be livestreamed at

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Steven Bernard wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"Diane, Tom, Tony?. Steve Bernard here, I worked on many jobs with Jim?it was always a pleasure to see him and share experiences..Jim was a GREAT GUY?we will all miss him? a great role model.."

Tami Jones wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"I was saddened to hear of Jim?s passing. My deepest condolences to the Sackett family. He was a great guy, a good friend with a big heart. Tami Jones. "

Denise Tooley wrote on Sep 7, 2021:

"My sympathy to the Sackett family. I knew Jim from elementary school through high school. It was great catching up with him at reunions. Jim had a ready smile to share. Sending prayers and peace to you."

Deb Gjere (Wehrs) wrote on Sep 7, 2021:

"Jim "Sackett" was one of a kind! A true friend and one of our very few "guy" friends all the way back from high school that never lost touch with many of us. My husband got to know him and enjoyed his visits on his to our house just a few blocks away, on his four wheeler as well, always with his dog when Diane was working. Love his laugh, his smile, and his thoughtfulness. He was excited when he helped us get in touch with so many more classmates for one o our big reunions and you always knew he would be in attendance to catch up with as many as possible! He was reliable, if he said he was going to do something, he did it, even when he might not really want to. Mayo High Class of 1979 reunions will never be the same Jim, we will be thinking of you! Diane and boys, know your husband and dad, meant the world to a lot of people. We couldn't be there in person today, but were with you, watching and listening to the live stream service. Jeff Nietz---So glad you got up to talk about your best buddy, nice job!"

Carrie wrote on Sep 7, 2021:

"?????? & (((hugs))) to Diane, Tom & Tony! "

Michelle Karau Baker wrote on Sep 7, 2021:

"My sympathy to all the members of the Sackett family. "

Mark Leqve wrote on Sep 7, 2021:

"Diane & family, I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I knew him most of my life and he was one of the kindest people you'd ever know. I saw him at our last high school reunion and really enjoyed catching up. Love, hugs and prayers sent your way. Mark Leqve"

Beth Alexander Knutson wrote on Sep 6, 2021:

"Diane & family, we were so sadden to hear of Jim's passing. So many memories over the years, church, church softball, hockey. We pray for you all during this difficult time. Rob and Beth Knutson ? "

Sarah Sackett Mason wrote on Sep 6, 2021:

"Diane, Tom, and Tony - many of my memories of my dear brother Jim are with you Diane. My heart aches with you and I will pray for you all. I talk with Jim and feel his spirit of genuine kindness and goodness around me. With love, Sarah, Tom, Max and Ben. "

Satzke wrote on Sep 4, 2021:

"Diane and family, we are heartbroken for you and are here for anything you need. Jim was a wonderful man. Dan and Jessica Satzke "

Jeff Nietz wrote on Sep 4, 2021:

"Diane, Tom, Tony and the entire Sackett Family, Jim was like a brother to me. Whenever I think of Jim I can't help but smile and think back to the memories we created, I actually think I could write a book about them.... I will miss you Simp"

Tami Bockhold wrote on Sep 4, 2021:

"Diane and family We are sorry to learn that Jim died. He was a genuine, kind, friend. Good to everyone. Coached AJ in hockey and remained a friend ever since. It was always a cheerful greeting and big smile when I'd run into him at Mayo. Even saw you two at the airport one time. Your loss is being remembered with loving prayers. Tami and Joe Bockhold "

Dave & Cheryl Cordie wrote on Sep 3, 2021:

"Sackett family we are so sorry for your loss. I played hockey with Jim over 50 years ago and he always made me feel welcome on and off the ice. We were cross town rivals but Jim always had a smile on his face no matter what the outcome of the game. I?ve ran into Jim over the years and he always had time to talk and laugh about old times. Jim was trully a great friend and will be greatly missed by all, Dave & Cheryl Cordie Palmer Alaska "

Pat Murray wrote on Sep 3, 2021:

"Best friend a guy could ever possibly have. Thankful and blessed for the friendship while skating, hunting fishing and just sitting around and shooting the breeze. I will miss you greatly my friend, and Roberta will too. Diane, Tom and Tony you are in our prayers. Rest in Peace Jimmy"

Sue Klenner wrote on Sep 3, 2021:

"Diane- my deepest sympathy to you and your family. My husband played adult hockey with Jim and recalls what a nice person he was. So very sorry for your tremendous loss. Sue Klenner"

Traci Heim wrote on Sep 3, 2021:

"Dear Diane, Tom and Tony Myself and my kids are so sorry for your tremendous loss, Jim was loved by all and gave so much to the hockey community. My heart and tears go out to you Diane, you are in my prayers. Traci Heim and family"

Tim and Susan McLean wrote on Sep 3, 2021:

"Diane and family, Tim, Emily, Scott and I were shocked and so saddened. Many great memories of our friend and neighbor. Our thoughts are prayers are with all of you at this time. Tim and Susan McLean"

Don Carlson wrote on Sep 3, 2021:

"My sympathy to all the members of the Sackett family. I knew JIm when I was at the Mayo Medical Center. Jim was a credit to the work force at the MMC. Personable and Professional. God Bless."

Joel Messmer wrote on Sep 2, 2021:

"Diane, Tom , Tony and families, Sorry your family is experiencing this tremendous loss. Jim was such a wonderful friend to many. Know all these are sending their thoughts and prayers to you all. May all the fond memories of Jim bring you some comfort and peace. With deepest sympathy. Joel and Shari Messmer "

Bob and Janet Swenson wrote on Sep 2, 2021:

"So many great memories from hockey, dining out with friends and a cruise with our senior boys. A great loss. Jim, you will be greatly missed. Bob and Janet Swenson"

Brett Topness wrote on Sep 2, 2021:

"Sorry to hear of Jim?s passing. I always enjoyed interacting with him while attending MInnesota Wild games as our seats where within a few rows of each other. Jim- I hope guy are enjoying some Stanley Cup caliber games up there?.. ???? To Jim?s family- May the good memories you spent together. Help to ease yiour pain?. ?? Brett Topness"

Jamie fort wrote on Sep 2, 2021:

"To the family so sorry to hear about this. I have only known Jim from the sprinkler industry but there is one thing I know we have lost a legend the pride that Jim as held for the trade and the union is matched by no other fly high Jim and thank you for all you have done. Sincerely 669 brother "

Judy Brandt wrote on Sep 2, 2021:

"Diane and family, So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. "

Jeff RA Brown wrote on Sep 2, 2021:

"I'll miss you Coach Sackett...Jimbo...Jim....You were a part of some of the best years of my life growing up. When I'd run into you in recent years I'd feel like I was right back to the good old days-- playing on hockey teams and hanging out with Tom and Tony. It didn't seem like a big deal at the time, but a couple of years ago after a Mayo Hockey Golf Tournament Tom, Canz, Kasdagly, and I made a surprise visit to see you and Diane at the house after golf. You had just retired. We had a couple beers, you showed us a collection of old brass sprinkler fittings (which normally would be boring but with you explaining them were actually pretty cool), we shot bows and caught up on each others lives. You were so happy to be with all of us again at your house and although I'm sad we won't do that again, I'll treasure and am thankful for that memory. Thanks for all the support and looking out for us over the years,'ll be missed but remembered fondly. Tom, Tony, Diane - I'm so sorry for your loss. Your husband / father was an amazing man. I love you all. Take care - Jeff Brown"

Marty Cormack wrote on Sep 2, 2021:

"My condolences to Jim's family. I played ice hockey with Jim for many years, he was a great guy and teammate. He will be missed. I am so sorry."