James Irving Grann III

June 08, 1946 - December 14, 2022


Obituary For James Irving Grann III

MADISON - James I. Grann III, age 76, passed away on December 14, 2022, peacefully surrounded by his wife and children.

James Grann “Jim” was born in Madison on June 8, 1946 to James I. Grann Jr., and Lucile (Bowers) Grann. Jim grew up in downtown Madison with his younger sister, Diane, until 1954 when the family moved to a new home on Lake Monona in Monona. Jim greatly enjoyed water activities on Madison lakes and further locations with his family.

Jim graduated from Monona Grove High school in 1964. He attended the University of Wisconsin in the summer of 1965 before enlisting in the Air Force in October of 1965. Jim served as an Intelligence Specialist with the Air Force before serving three additional years in the Air Force Reserve. Four days after being honorably discharged, Jim began a 30 year career with the Madison Police Department in February of 1969. Jim served in many different capacities with the Madison Police Department including traffic enforcement, scuba dive team, certified fire investigator and most notably as a detective. Jim also served on the Board of Directors of Odyssey House Boys Shelter and the Dane County Infant Death Investigation Review Team. After his retirement he continued to serve as a member of the Madison Police Department ROAR Team.

Jim enjoyed the time he spent with his friends at the Madison History Roundtable, the Madison Tip Club, where he served for two years as president, and breakfast/coffee get togethers with his fellow retirees. While working at the MPD Jim met his wife Jean (Lins), before they married in April of 1970.

Jim is survived by Jean, his wife of 52 years, his children, Kimberly Grann, Kristine (Paul) Hughes, Jamie (Jessica) Grann, 6 grandchildren, Michael, Ellie, Izzy, Ryleigh, Tyler and Caylin, his sister Diane (Tim) Klimke, his mother-in-law Edith Lins, brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth Lins, Judith (Dan) O’Connel, Lynette Lins, Becky (Jim) Siedenburg, Lori Lins, Robert Lins, Donata Lins, Thomas (Marion) Lins, Luanne (Scott) DaSilva, and Lanita (Brian) Schulz, and many other beloved family and friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Lucile, his father-in-law, Melvin Lins and his brother-in-law, Rich Goree.

Jim offered his time and service for many years to Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Dennis Churches.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Road, Madison, with Fr. Randy Timmerman presiding. A visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until time of Mass on Saturday at the church.

The family would like to thank the care team at Agrace HospiceCare for their wonderful care and support.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Avenue 608-249-8257


17 Dec


09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Dennis Catholic Church 505 Dempsey Road Madison, WI 53714 Get Directions »
17 Dec

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

St. Dennis Catholic Church 505 Dempsey Road Madison, WI 53714 Get Directions »
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  • 12/19/2022

    I'm sorry I couldn't make it to the service Saturday. My condolences to Jean and the family. Jim was an excellent and patient detective to work with when I was a young reporter, and a trusted friend always willing to lend an ear or an opinion or advice. A good guy.

  • 12/17/2022

    My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Grann family. Jim exemplified the best qualities as a person and in his work. He had such a positive influence on me and so many others. He was an incredible person. Thinking of you all.

  • 12/17/2022

    MY sympathy Jean and Jamie,and to the rest of your family. Jim was indeed a hard working guy. He bailed me out of a few situations when I was younger. He was always friendly and there when you needed him. A all around great guy Dick Scanlon

  • 12/17/2022

    I am sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was a great person and friend. He will be missed. 73 Fred

  • 12/16/2022

    Jean and Grann family, please accept my deepest sympathies. I had intentions to drive in tomorrow morning for services, but predictions for road conditions aren't good and it wouldn't be prudent with some of my challenges. But, I felt privileged to sit with Jim for photo day ROAR lunch and to see you Jean. We shared several remembrances of our patrol era work next to each other on some "exciting" calls in the wee hours. May Jim rest in peace. Dick Daley

  • 12/16/2022

    Madison has lost one of its finest. What a wonderful man. Everyone who worked with Jim came away a better person.

  • 12/16/2022

    James I Grann, "AKA, 'J. Edgar'" to his workmates. A better Cop we never worked with. Bob M. Julie B.

  • 12/16/2022

    What a great guy-wonderful father who was always there for family. Involved with and supported school activities with enthusiasm and sincerity. Jerry Johnson former principal-Glendale School

  • 12/16/2022

    Jean, my sincere sympathy and condolences go out to you and your family. Jim was one of a kind, they came no better. Jim was a good friend and will be missed. Vern Bronson

  • 12/15/2022

    We offer our deepest condolences to the entire Grann family on the loss of a special man! I started learning from Jim as a young officer and continued learning from him throughout our careers. He was highly respected inside as well as outside the department and perhaps most telling of his attention to detail was that in court defense attorneys knew that if Jim put a case together it was very, very well prepared. I considered myself very fortunate to have had Jim as a friend and mentor and my wife Wanda said that she looked to him as her role model detective. Rest peacefully my friend - you lived your life well! I hope to share another cup of coffee and some laughs with you someday! Jeff LaMar

  • 12/15/2022

    Jim was a great detective and had a longtime relationship with the UWPD. He was honest, ethical and always hard working. Most of all he was a smiling, friendly person with a big heart and someone who will be missed by everyone he touched. All of us at UWPD who had the honor to know and work with him I’m sure are deeply saddened by his passing.

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    Jean and Family: I was so shocked to hear of Jim's passing yesterday. Jim is always going to be one of the MPD Family that I will remember fondly. He was a super nice guy, and probably one of the hardest working employees at MPD. I could always depend on Jim to show up at my desk to take on an off-duty job. I knew I could count on him!!! He will definitely be missed. I will keep all of you in my prayers. So sorry for your loss.

  • 12/15/2022

    I just met Jim a couple of years ago, as a member of the Monday coffee group. I found him to be gracious, friendly, interesting and enjoyable to talk with. May he rest in the peace of god. Vince

  • 12/15/2022

    Hooper Corporation sent Stately Lilies for James Irving Grann III - December 15, 2022 Your friends at Hooper send our sympathy at this time of mourning. May memories give you strength and joy, now and always, as nothing can destroy the good of a life well-lived.

  • 12/15/2022

    Jim was a great guy. He saved my bacon a few times on the south side. We were fighting with 3 or 4 guys. Jim showed up and helped, unfortunately he got pepper sprayed along with the rest of us! Sorry for your loss. Dave Wixom

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    My sympathy and condolences to the Grann family. I grew up on the Eastside and was really good friends with Jim. John Hankel St. Joseph Catholic Church, Missouri

  • 12/15/2022

    Sending love and peace to Jean, Kim, Kristine, Jamie, and all the family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • 12/14/2022

    Growing up just 1 block from Jim during the 50's were some of my greatest childhood memories. We did so much together at the time. Swam, fished, and Just enjoyed life together. He was one Hell of a nice guy. A memory I'll never forget. My son Jimmy while in college. used to scalp UW football tickets. He came over to him and said, Jimmy get out of my area, were friends and I don't want too ticket you for scalping. Jimmy came home and told us. "Jim Grann actually thought he was talking to you Dad." Will never forget your Husband, Father, etc. Jim Ryan


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    Jean & Family, so sorry to hear about Jim's passing, it was such a privilege to work and learn from Jim and he will be greatly missed. With heartfelt condolences. Tim & Deb Hammond

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