James Raymond Siddoway (Jim/Jimmy) passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2019 at the Uintah County Care Center with his two sons and daughter-in-law by his side after a five month stay due to complications of dementia.
He leaves behind his children: son, Raymond Lanson Siddoway (Charmian Haws); daughter, Shauni Rae Young (Michael Young); son, James David (JD) Siddoway, Craig Caldwell brother-in-law, Pudge Merkley brother-in-law, Jude Hacking brother-in-law, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was born on August 14, 1945 in Vernal, Utah to James Raymond and Ezma (Tess) Hatch Siddoway. Jim was the youngest of four children and the only boy. His sisters were Dorothy Anderson, Beverly Merkley and Marilyn Hacking. He was adored and doted on by his sisters from the day he was born.
In his early years Jim loved playing with the neighborhood kids and was an avid baseball player. He played on little league teams, all-star teams and the high school baseball team where he made his life –long friends and created his fondest memories. As soon as he was old enough he became his dad’s constant companion with the family sheep business. Jim wanted nothing more than to follow in his much admired father’s footsteps.
Jim graduated from Uintah High School in 1963 and immediately joined the National Guard for one full term. In 1967 he married Peggy Lynne Hemstreet. They moved to Idaho Falls where he worked in his brother-in-law’s, David Anderson, department store Ferrell’s for two years. In that time they had their first son, Raymond Lanson Siddoway. In 1969 they moved back to Vernal where he took over the family sheep business for many years to come. The sheep business was a true passion to Jim.
Jim had a passion for the outdoors, specifically the mountains. He loved animals, especially his beloved dogs Bobby and Stoney. He enjoyed many trips to Wendover where he made many friends. He was a jokester to his core and loved to get a rise out of anyone. Every kid in the family was teased endlessly by him. He was very passionate in the things he believed in and just as passionate about the things he did not.
Jim became a caretaker for his sister Marilyn when she became ill. He cared for her for many years. She was his sister, one of his favorite people and closest of confidants. They took care of each other throughout their lives.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ray and Tess Siddoway; his sister, Dorothy Anderson (David M. Anderson brother-in-law); his sister, Beverly Merkley; and his sister Marilyn Hacking.
He lived out the rest of his life in Vernal.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vernal Memorial Park with Military honors by the American Legion Post 11. A visitation will be held Saturday 11:45-12:45 p.m. at the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home.
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