CASA GRANDE — James Leon Lancaster, 83, died on Dec. 27, 2020, in Casa Grande.

Mr. Lancaster was born on March 22, 1937, in Parkin, Arkansas. He lived in Eloy in his earlier years, married and moved to San Francisco, where he raised his family. He was a carpenter by trade and bought two houses in San Francisco that he remodeled and sold. He eventually became a contractor building under the name Lancaster Construction.

He moved to Pacifica, California, in 1968, where he built the home now occupied by his former wife. After his divorce he moved to Ukiah, California, where he built numerous homes and apartment complexes providing housing for many families. He also drove race cars at the local track, enjoyed dirt bike motorcycle riding and sponsored and played men’s softball.

During that time he met and married Linda and then moved to Casa Grande. His wife died in 2019. His health had begun to decline this year and he moved to an assisted living home. His legacy in construction is the many houses that he built and remodeled. He liked working with his hands and fine-tuning and tinkering with machines of all kinds.

Survivors include two sisters, Juanita Gall and Diane Greenslate; two sons, David and Mitchell Lancaster; a daughter, Sheila Lancaster; and four grandchildren.

J. Warren Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.

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