James “Jaime” Donald Hobart, II
James Donald Hobart, II
September 15, 1972 – November 22, 2017
The kitchen is unusually quiet, the grills are cold, the cooks and servers bow their heads as they say a final “Bon Appetit” to Chef Jaime Hobart.
Jaime was born September 15, 1972 in OKC, to Von Hobart and James Hobart. He attended Edmond schools – Orvis Risner Elem., Cimmaron Middle School and Edmond Memorial High School, graduating EMHS in 1991. He loved being a “Bulldog”, playing football, pole vaulting and playing soccer. He attended OSU/OKC and OSU Culinary School in Okmulgee, where he fell in love with the Culinary world. Under the guidance of businessman Pete Holloway and the mentoring and friendship of Chef Jimmy Stepney, Jaime became a popular and talented Chef, working at Pepperoni Grill, Boulevard Steak House, Ranch Steak House, Fish City Grill, Brooklyn’s and Manhattan’s. He loved entertaining friends and family with his culinary skills and fabulous meals. He was married to Kristie Whiteman July 1998-2006, and together they had a beautiful son, Logan James Hobart, now a sophomore at EMHS. Jaime loved teaching Logan culinary skills and trained him to be a “foodie.” His restaurant reviews can sometimes be found on Instagram.
Jaime loved music and movies and had a great memory for trivia. One of his favorite past times was seeing sneak previews of action movies with his mom, Von and their friend Sandy. He loved Thunder games, OU football, a prime steak cooked rare, Memphis BBQ, and Tootsie tea. He also loved to visit his dad, James, and spending time on the beach in Ventura, CA.
Jaime is preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Mattie Lynch, uncles, Michael Lynch-Panter, and Dwight Lynch, aunt, Sheila Lynch, grandfather, Donald Hobart, and lifelong friends, Nadine Schaefer and Dixie Manek.
He is survived by his son, Logan, mother, Von Hobart of Edmond, father, James Hobart and wife Alicia of Ventura, CA, sister, Rhonda Hobart-Johnson of OKC, nephew, Casey Collier and daughter Klara of OKC, friend and nephew, Corey Collier and wife Yvette and their children, Lola, Cameron, Jordyn, and Dayton of Las Vegas, NV, aunt, Jan Courtney (Jim), cousins, Erin and Jeff, aunt, Irene Hobart of Memphis, TN, aunt, Helen Hobart, DFW, aunt, Cherry Speer of OKC, cousin, Will and wife Rachael and sons, uncle, Terry Lynch of Guthrie, all his Alabama cousins, especially Gail (Roll Tide), Tootsie, and Vicki.
He would want to say “thanks for the love and friendship” to Sandy, Granma Sue, The Maneks, Greg Zost, The Hulkas, Veda & family, George, his EMHS friends, teacher, Cindy Young, his friend and mentor Jimmy Stepney, South of the Border friends, his salon family, and all those that knew and loved him.
A special thank you to Dr. Laurie Orme, Fr. Joe Jacobi, friend Tim White, the doctors and nurses at St. Anthony Hospital, OKC for their amazing care of Jaime and for all the friends that sent prayers.
Friends and family are invited to visit from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 1, 2017 at Matthews Funeral Home 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, OK. A celebration of life will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 9th and Boulevard, Edmond, OK with interment to follow at Gracelawn Cemetery Edmond, OK.
Donations in Jaime’s honor can be made to EMHS Booster Club P.O. Box 222 Edmond, OK 73083 or Baptist Boys Ranch Edmond, OK.