Handley “Hank” James, 1986 ~ 2011

Handley “Hank” W. James passed away July 31, 2011 from injuries received from an automobile accident.

Hank was born Feb. 28, 1986 in Grand Junction, Colo. to LaDonna Hance and Richard Lee James. Hank grew up in Moab and attended Grand County schools, where he wrestled and raced BMX. He enjoyed art, music & making everybody laugh.

In 2003, he started dating Tiffany Hardin. They were married on June 23, 2005. A short time later they gave birth to their son, Gannon Ray James, on March 1, 2006. Their daughter, Hadlee Grace James, was born on Dec. 8, 2008.

For the last five years, Hank has worked for LeGrand Johnson. He enjoyed time with his family, building imports, rock crawlers and motorcycles, and camping, fishing and front porch “sittin’” and playing his guitar. His most recent enjoyment in life was rock climbing with Brando.

Hank was the kindest soul with the biggest heart. He always had an open ear and a shoulder to lean on for anyone who needed it. He saw good in everything and everyone, and loved his children and family dearly. He will be missed and never forgotten.

Hank is survived by his children, Gannon and Hadlee James; his wife, Tiffany James; his parents, Larry and LaDonna Switzer Hawn; siblings, Brando (Jessica) James, Jessie (Corrina Jarman) Coberly, Gabriel (Tamara) Olson, and Julian James; grandparents, Skip and Rosemary Schafer; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Hank was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Lillian Hance; father, Richard Lee James; and sister, DeLeyna Faye Contreras.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary in Moab. A potluck luncheon will follow at the pavillion at the Aarchway Inn.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.