It is with grateful hearts and with love for our Savior that we share with everyone the sweet passing of our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all. He was a giant of a man in so many ways and indeed left his mark on the world.
Jim was born on Nov. 16, 1950, the son of a wonderful Mother, Beth Atwood. He was raised in North Ogden, Utah – with a childhood that was filled with fun, hard work, piano and quite a few shenanigans. He loved adventure and he loved his two brothers, David and Richard Gremillion that shared in the good times with him.
He played football his freshman year for Utah State, then hung up his cleats to serve a mission in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission. Upon his return he finished his education at Weber State after an injury had silenced his football years. It was at WSU that he met his future wife, Sandra Hadley. They had both served in the LDSSA at Weber State and were good friends for a long time before they began to date (Sandy had to ask him out first). And then the rest was history, as they were married Sept. 12, 1974 in the Logan Temple.
As Jim was finishing at Weber, they had their first daughter, and then later as he pursued a master’s degree at USC, they began to add to their family while in CA. By the time he graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine he had 3 daughters and a son on the way.
He participated in a residency program in Albuquerque, NM and looked forward to the day when he could set up his own practice in Colorado Springs, CO. He started working in his new office in 1983, and never looked back. He built a large practice and loved helping people feel better for 30 years.
Four more children were born into the family through those years, bringing a total of eight. Jennifer (Nic) Rudd, Amy Webb, Emily (Nick) Jackson, BJ (Alexis) Gremillion, Mark (Kaylin) Gremillion, Stephen (Ciarra) Gremillion, Matthew (Lyndsey) Gremillion, and Allison (Clayton) Shepherd. He has so dearly loved his 18 grandchildren with 2 more coming to the earth soon. His family was everything to him, and he cherished each one.
Jim served in many callings, where he always went above and beyond in all he did. He also had a special way of endearing himself to others. He served in bishoprics, on high councils, as a stake and ward YM president, deacons quorum advisor, and he especially loved teaching Gospel Doctrine. Although he would say his favorite calling was being assigned to be the YM president in the Spanish Branch in Colorado Springs. How he learned to love those YM and the entire branch.
He was blessed with many talents, which he loved to share. He wrote several plays, songs, stories, poems, and blessed many lives with wonderful youth conferences. One of the highlights of his life was the stake “Aaron’s Camp” he started, which is still changing lives today – 24 years later.
He loved music, he loved people, he loved life, and he loved his family. His is a legacy that will live forever. “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, September 9, 2022, at the Farmington North Stake Center at 729 Shepard Lane, Farmington, Utah. A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 1941 North Main Street, Farmington, Utah and again Friday morning 9:00-10:45 at the church prior to the services. The ward will be providing streaming of the services using the following link: https://zoom.us/j/
Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com
Many thanks to Canyon Hospice for their kind and loving care during his last days on earth.