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James Sharp

June 29, 1925 — December 7, 2016

James Robert Sharp


Bob passed away December 7. 2016.  He was born on January 29, 1925 in Evanston, WY to James Murray and Mary Edith [Mamie] Byrne  Sharp.

He grew up in the small towns of Piedmont and Leroy, WY, where he could roam freely with his two sisters, Mary and June and…he loved it so much.  He experienced many things while living in Wyoming; he swam in the creeks, skied, hiked, fished in the beautiful lakes and rivers, rode horses, backpacked throughout the country and helped his dad.  And, he probably actually did walk a mile to the bus stop in the snow…all up hill.

He attended BYU for a year when he moved down to Salt Lake City, Utah.  He made money by driving a taxicab in the Provo area.

He went into the Army Air Corp and was learning to be a pilot when the war ended and they stopped the program.

Mom worked at the China Doll with Dad’s sister, Mary, and Katie’s sister, Thelda.  They set Bob and Katie up on a blind date and a few months later on January 29, 1949, they eloped to Elko, Nevada where they were married.  It was a blizzard and one of the worst storms they’d ever seen. In fact, they actually got on the railroad tracks thinking it was the road. The bump, bump, bump gave it away. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Then they started their family of four children:

Randi [Harry] McQuiston have five children and twelve grandchildren.

April [Mark] Wilson have six children and twenty-one grandchildren and one great grandchild

Susan [Gary] Collins have two children who have six grandchildren.

Murray [Jane] Sharp have four children who have 21 grandchildren.

Mom and Dad had seventeen grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren; and one great, great grandchild.

Dad left a rich posterity and the children and grandchildren have given them much joy in their life.

Dad started Sharp Aluminum in the early 1960’s. He worked very hard and people loved him and his work. They took many wonderful Alside trips.

Dad had many wonderful interests and working with wood was his favorite. He was an inventor of many and various things.  He played the accordion, rock hunted, made several items from aluminum, square danced, camped, rode horses, and he was always ready for a party and company.

When he was young, he dreamt of making ladles out of the valley of the branches of a tree.  Later in life, he made that dream come true and crafted many beautiful ladles for family and friends that everyone loved and wanted.

There were so many happy memories of camping at Deer Creek, Little Dry West Fork, American Fork, the Blacks Fork and the Lazy Par T in Robertson, Wyoming. Lots of fun times!

Dad was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mary [Arvil] Harris and June [Clayton] Robbins; two great grandchildren, Dominic and Kaitlyn Collins.

Funeral Services will be held 11 A.M Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Edison LDS Ward, 1401 West 700 South, where viewings will be held Sunday 6-8 P.M. and Monday 10-10:45 A.M.  Interment: Redwood Memorial Estates.  Online Condolences:

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

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Monday, December 12, 2016

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Monday, December 12, 2016

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