City of Coralville News

Posted on: May 25, 2017

Former Coralville Mayor Jim Fausett Passes Away

Mayor Jim Fausett

The City of Coralville is saddened by the passing of Mayor Jim Fausett on Wednesday, May 24. 

Fausett leaves a legacy as Mayor of Coralville from 1996 through 2013 and an estimated 50 years of involvement in Coralville government, with nearly 40 of those years as a Coralville elected official.  In addition to being a proud father, grandfather, and husband, Jim and his wife Carol devoted tens of thousands of hours to the Coralville community.  

Our thoughts are with the Fausett family. Arrangements are pending with Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service.

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The following article, "Half a Century of Dedication: Jim Fausett’s Commitment to Coralville," appeared in the Winter 2013-2014 Connection, published by the City of Coralville in December 2013:

After an estimated 50 years of involvement in Coralville government, with nearly 40 of those years as a Coralville elected official, Mayor Jim Fausett’s experience and impact are hard to top. December 31, 2013, will mark Jim Fausett’s last day in an 18-year span—nine two-year terms—as Coralville’s mayor.

Jim and his wife, Carol, moved to Coralville in 1959. Living in the same, modest brick house on 14th Avenue for 54 years, Jim and Carol have dedicated themselves to this vibrant community – so much that they call Coralville their “fifth child.” Like many other residents, Coralville is the place where they have raised a family and celebrated milestones, and it is a town they have watched grow. But, Jim’s involvement in Coralville over the years, and Carol’s continuous support, hold a unique position that few can match.

Jim Fausett is Coralville’s 27th mayor and at 18 years in office is the city’s second-longest serving mayor. Before his mayoral position, from 1978 to 1995 he spent 18 years elected to the City Council. Along the way he has been the President of the Iowa League of Cities, appointed to Governor Culver’s Rebuild Iowa Commission, and was a member of the Johnson County Council of Governments. In fall 2013, he was inducted into the League of Cities Hall of Fame.  

This Korean War veteran spent 30 years at the University of Iowa as Manager of Services of the College of Dentistry. He served on the Coralville Planning and Zoning and the Parks and Recreation Commissions, and was President of the Board of Trustees of the Coralville Transit Commission in the early 1970s, seeing the birth and growth of what is now a transit system providing over 614,000 rides annually.

Since planting his feet in Coralville,  Jim put down roots that have touched countless aspects of our community today. Jim and Carol organized the Iowa City Chapter of Compassionate Friends, an organization for bereaved parents.  Jim coached Babe Ruth and Little League baseball in Coralville for 15 years, and was a Boy Scout Leader and Troop Committee  person for 15 years. Throughout the decades he has seen Coralville grow from Iowa City’s small-town neighbor to a vibrant, thriving community known as an ideal location for residents and businesses, and a destination for thousands of visitors each year.

At age 82, his vitae is impressive. But a conversation with Jim will quickly reveal that he is also innately kind and patient. When the spotlight is on him,  he often attributes his accolades to the help and skills of city staff members and councilors.  And, with a keen sense of appreciation, he never fails to share his genuine gratitude for Coralville’s city employees and volunteers.

Over the years, Jim and Carol have devoted tens of thousands of hours to  the Coralville community and, while Jim plans to enjoy more time with his family, he intends to stay involved in the town that is now as much a part of him as he is a part of it. His dedication to Coralville, impact as a mentor, and leadership are forever rooted in the community.

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