James Elden McCullough passed away peacefully on Easter eve, April 4, 2015, surrounded by his five loving children. Jim’s crowning accomplishment was his powerful example of love and devotion to his eternal bride of 70 years, Jackine Slade (deceased).
Jim and Jackine are the parents of five children, all living, Jani Lee, Franklin (Marion), J. Rand (Shauna), J. Kirk (Vanessa), Brooke, 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Jim was born November 18, 1924, to Jesse Lamar and Laura Ann Barney McCullough and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following two WWII tours on Liberty Ships in the South Pacific, Jim married Jackine on May 8, 1946, and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
Working for United Airlines in the communications tower in the late 50’s both in Salt Lake and San Francisco and studying nights dad received an engineering degree from the University of Utah earning him a position as the Quality Assurance manager at Sperry Univac, a large defense contractor.
Upon retiring in 1981 and for the rest of his life Dad became a strong supporter of land use rights with the Wasatch Mountain Club through which he and Jackine also ran the Utah rivers, hiked, toured most of the Utah wilderness, marched on Capitol Hill, and completed more than a dozen geological and historical courses. He loved horses and horsemanship and raised his daughter Brooke on the backs thereof, training and boarding many on his mini-ranch in Sandy, Utah.
Dad loved the songs of the west and memorized the words to hundreds of them. In his later years he always had season tickets to live theater in St George and continued his college-level educational courses at Dixie right up to the time when he couldn’t walk.
He was an avid hunter and marksman, participated in Mountain Man competition, bagged big game with a long bow and musket and was an ATV tour guide for international visitors to Southern Utah.
He is dearly loved by his friends at the Southern Utah VA home serving as the VP of social activities there. Among all this activity he never let his love of the Savior and the gospel take a back seat and with his sweetheart served an LDS employment service mission plus a second mission after her passing.
He served in multiple ward capacities and just one month prior to his passing was called as the high priest group leader to a newly formed branch at the VA home where he lived. He is a great example to, and will be dearly missed by his loved ones and grandchildren.
- Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 9, at 2 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City.
- A viewing will be held Wednesday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Leeds 1st ward, 75 North Main, Leeds, and also on Thursday, prior to services from 1-1:45 p.m. prior to services at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park
- Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Jim’s online guestbook at the Spilsbury Mortuary website.