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James Elden Gardner

lumber company executive

James Elden Gardner, American lumber company executive. Appeals board member City Mesa, 1984-1985. Member Sertoma Club (president 1954).


Gardner, James Elden was born on October 11, 1922 in Mesa, Arizona, United States. Son of Lucius Levier and Winnie Estelle (Le Baron) Gardner.


Graduate, high school, Mesa.


Supervisor Lockheed Aircraft, Burbank, California, 1940-1941. Shift foreman Goodyear Aircraft, Avondale, Arizona, 1941-1945. Manager Capital Auto Supply, Mesa, 1945-1947.

Owner Jim Gardner Contractor, since 1947, Mesa Lumber & Supply, 1953-1972. President, chairman Mesa Lumber & Supply, Inc., 1972-1986, chairman board, since 1986. Partner Gardner Investment & Development, Mesa, since 1976, Indiana Investments, Mesa, since 1982.

Director Camp LoMia, Pine, Arizona, since 1981, A Basket of Flowers, Inc., Tempe, Arizona, since 1974.


Human beings can become like gods. However, this doesn't mean that human beings can grow to replace God. Nor do human beings become equal to God.

Humans can become one with God by becoming part of God - they remain separate beings, but take on the attributes of God.


Appeals board member City Mesa, 1984-1985. Member Sertoma Club (president 1954).


  • Other Interests

    Woodworking, masonry, photography.


Married Ellen Christin Henry Gardner. Children: James E. Junior, Douglas K., Christene E., Sharon E., Michael H., Stephen D., David L., Irene S.