Our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side May 2, 2011 after a 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s.
James was born in Nephi, Utah on May 19, 1937, to Homer and Mary Carver. He is now in the loving arms of his first son, James Ashley, and his parents, who preceded him in death.
James was a BYU graduate with two master’s degrees. He had an ardent thirst for knowledge. He served a mission to the eastern states and later on, with his wife Merilyn, to Australia.
He was a good example, friend, teacher, athlete, teammate, husband, scholar and patriarch. James spent his career teaching within the Church Education System (CES) for 38 years. James was a Seminary and Institute teacher throughout Utah, the Northwest and Canada.
He retired at SUU in 1999.He married Merilyn Shelley in Mt. Pleasant, Utah in 1963. They are the proud parents of 13 children: James Ashley, Carrie, Kelly, Heidi, Mary, Shelley, Kimberlee, Tyler, Joshua, Jonny, Jordan, Bradley, and Christopher.
Funeral services will be held Friday May 6 at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held Thursday evening at Rudd Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m., located at 1234 South Main, Garland, Utah. Funeral services will be held at the Tremonton Stake Center, 660 North 300 East, on Friday beginning at 11 a.m., with a viewing before from 9:30-10.30 a.m.
Graveside services will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Condolences can be offered at ruddfuneralhome.com.