On Wednesday March 14, 2018 our incredibly funny, strong, and loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa passed onto loved ones gone before.
Jim was born Monday Nov. 2, 1942 in Salt Lake City to Aaron and Edith George. He was the 16th of 18 children.
Around the age of 4, the family moved to Bynum, Montana. The George boys worked tirelessly to leave their indelible mark on the tiny town. Suffice it to say, they did. His stories of Bynum were endless. Part of his heart always remained there.
At the age of 15, the family moved back to Bountiful, Utah. It is there that he attended and graduated from Bountiful High School and met his future bride on the school bus. During this time, he was taken in by his oldest brother Rex, his wife Madge, and their family. He spoke of this often and made note of the impact it had on his life at the time.
Jim and Kathie dated for nearly 2 years before he enlisted in the Army and left for boot camp. Upon returning from the military, they eloped to Elko, Nevada where they were married by a Holy-Roller minister named Opal. Their first son James was born 11 months later, followed by Brian, and Matthew, completing the family was the arrival of their only daughter, Robin Ann.
Jim, Kathie and the kids settled into an historic cobblestone house in the heart of Bountiful, where the next generation of George boys built their epic treehouse. The family spent the next 9 years living life and creating memories.
On June 4, 1975, Jim and Kathie had the family sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. Their Journey then took them to Kearns, Utah where the real fun began. Together as a family, they built the house that Jim and Kathie still reside in to this day.
Jim wore many hats for work: truck driver, paramedic, prison guard, roughneck, firefighter, and his final job, civil servant fuel, fire, and rescue attached to his National Guard unit. Jim took great pride in serving.
Jim loved to sing- in the car, around the house, with The Utah Choral Arts Society, and numerous church choirs he was part of. He left us with so many memories of his beautiful voice.
Some of our fondest memories include his whistling, his hollering skills, his 8 toes, "footicures", work/road trips, camping trips, and our "vacation of a lifetime" to Disneyland.
Family was everything to Jim. Starting with his parents and siblings whom he loved and respected. Followed by his fierce love and loyalty to his immediate family whom he is survived by; his incredibly loving and supportive wife and caretaker of 55 years, Kathie. Children; James and LoraLee, Brian and Jeanette, Matt and Angie, and Jeff and Robin Robison. 21 adoring grand kids, 16 great-grand kids, & 2 great grand-babies on the way. He is also survived by 5 brothers; Don, Shirl, Keith, Cal, and Dale. Preceded in death by his parents and 12 siblings: Leslie and Wesley, Cleo, Rex, Lois, Lola, Wilma and Wilda, Lucille, Frank, Carter, and Scott. In lieu of flowers, Jim would ask that you not speed in residential areas & "Be kind".
A great celebration of Jim's life will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking on the north side of the building.