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Wed, June 03

James Franklin Bain

Father Bain was the son of James Franklin and Elsie Mae Bain. He was born Sept. 14, 1929, in Ashland, Kan. Throughout his childhood, Father Bain attended his elementary, junior high and high school in various places such as Kansas, California and Tennessee. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree from Wichita University.

He also served his country during the Korean Conflict as a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1962 and served in that capacity throughout many parts of Arizona, which included Holbrook, Flagstaff, Black Canyon City, Chandler, Seligman, Williams, Cottonwood and Clarkdale. Father Bain was also a collector of Native American art and jewelry.

He is survived by his brother, Don (Terry) Bain, of Kanab, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A vigil was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. The rosary was given Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Funeral Mass following. Internment at All Souls Cemetery concluded the services for Father Bain.

A celebration of Father Bain's life and a potluck will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave.

Donations can be sent to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, c/o Building Fund, 700 N. Bill Grey Road, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.

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