James Lester Walker passed away Nov. 13, 2010 at the age of 73. He passed away peacefully at his home where he wanted to be. Jim was born Feb. 7, 1937 in Moab, Utah. He was the eldest son of Jesse and Thusnelda Walker.
Jim grew up in Moab on the diary farm until the age of 12, at which time his family moved to Spanish Fork, Utah. He participated in Future Farmers of America and competed at the National levels. Jim graduated from Spanish Fork High School in 1955. Jim played football for Snow College.
Jim served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western Canadian, Canada Mission from 1957-1959. Jim joined the Utah National Guard and served there for a short time. He then graduated from Snow College and transferred to BYU, where he received his Masters Degree.
Jim started teaching school in August 1963. He also was a football, basketball, and volleyball coach. Jim retired from teaching in 1997, after 34 years of teaching. He served as a Scout Master or in the Scouting program for over 23 years. In 1974, Jim was awarded the Silver Beaver Award.
Jim met the love of his life, Nola Ash, and took her to the Salt Lake Temple on June 26, 1964. Jim always called his wife “sweetheart.”
Jim enjoyed serving his community in many different capacities such as water master, Grand County Education Association, mosquito abatement board, and other capacities. Most of all, Jim enjoyed serving his Heavenly Father in many capacities in the church. He found the most joy when with his family. He was a great father and patriarch to his family.
Jim is the proud father of five children: Mark (Tara), Michael (Elizabeth), Kelly (Heidi), Tammy (Steven), and Sherry (Mel). Surviving are his five children, sister, Ada Ivie, brothers, Lloyd (Vergene), and Don. He also is proud of his 15 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Thusnelda; sister, Ida, and brother, Bobby.
A viewing will be held Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 from 5-7 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center, and funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, with a viewing from 9-9:45 a.m., with the services beginning at 10 a.m., also at the Moab LDS Stake Center on Locust Lane.