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James D Alvey

July 31, 1938 — November 10, 2022

Clearfield, UT


James Douglas Alvey, 84, of Clearfield Utah, devoted father, loving husband, adored grandfather and great-grandfather, moved on to his next big adventure on Thursday November 10, 2022. He passed peacefully surrounded by his family.

It’s difficult to put into words just how much this man meant to us. He had a huge heart and truly loved his family. Interestingly enough, you only had to meet him once to become a part of that family. He loved to laugh and was always willing to share a joke. He also had a catch phrase for any situation.

Jim was born in Escalante, Utah on July 31, 1938 to Charles Howard Alvey and Scytha Solena Barney. He was the 4th of 7 children. He grew up mostly in Holladay, Utah surrounded by his parents and six siblings. He was the prankster in the family who could always get the best of his brothers and sisters. He once put a sign out in front of his house with the words “25 cents to see Jim” just to get a reaction from his older brother Barney. Jim attended school in Holladay and Graduated from Olympus High School in 1956.

Jim married the love of his life Judith Annette Robison on September 26, 1958 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were burdened or blessed (depending on how you see it) with 6 children. As their children grew, they went on many great adventures, which basically meant moving to wherever the next big construction project was located. They lived in 22 different locations throughout their marriage and found lifelong friends with each move.

Jim Loved Nature and spending time outdoors. He loved to hunt, fish, hike and camp. He spent many hours with his family camping in the Uintah Mountains. He was a master at cooking over a campfire. He made it all look so easy and fun that it wasn’t until his children were grown and had to do it on their own that they realize how hard it was and how he made it look easy and fun.

Jim was a Carpenter by trade and served as a Superintendent of Construction on many notable construction projects. Some of those include, the Weber State Institute of Religion, The Irvine California Stake Center (the largest ever built at the time which housed 8 wards) The Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt, Utah, the Bottle Hollow Resort in Fort Duchesne, Utah, and other churches and schools in Utah and California.

His favorite job that he loved to tell stories about was the opportunity he had in the early 1960’s to work on the refurbishment and improvements to the Temple and other structures on Temple square in Salt Lake City, Utah. He could talk for hours about the different projects such as building stairs between the ceiling and roof of the Tabernacle, placing a time capsule in the base of the Christus Statue, and causing an earthquake (or so he thought) by ripping a mural as he was removing it from a wall in the tabernacle.

Jim loved his Savior and served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints his entire life. He served as a counselor in the Bishopric, on the High Council, as a Gospel Doctrine Teacher and many other positions. However, the positions he seemed to enjoy and shine most in were with the Youth. He loved to be with them and was always looking for an opportunity at any activity to make a little mischief by starting a water fight. When he served as Young Men’s President, he liked to tell people that he was having an affair with the Young Women’s President. (Judy was serving in that position at the time)

After retiring, Jim and Judy served a mission for the Church in Elbasan Albania. They served for 23 months and learned to love the people of Albania.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Charles Howard Alvey & Sytha Solena Barney, siblings (Wayne) Brierly, Chuck (Sharon) Alvey, Barney Alvey (Kay) Alvey and his beloved daughter Jill Harris. (The reunion is probably still going on)

Jim is survived by his wife Judy, siblings Leva Brierly, (Karla) Alvey, (Shirley) Alvey, Gay (Ivan) Hill, Vaughn (Linda) Alvey, Michael (Lexanne) Alvey, children, Jim (Sue) Alvey, Jeff (Gabrielle) Alvey, JoLynn (Bruce) O’very, Jeralyn (John) Birrell, Jennifer (Chris) Johnson, 25 Grandchildren and 28 Great-Grandchildren. All of whom he loved and cherished individually each and every day.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday November 19, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Park Ward, 315 Chelemes Way, Clearfield, Utah. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Larkin Sunset Garden’s Mortuary 1950 E 10600 S, Sandy, Utah and Saturday from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. at the church before the services. To attend virtually, click the "watch services" button above. A Zoom account is required to access the service.

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