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Jim “Black Arrow” Gill
Sept. 14, 2013

Written on September 14th, 2013 , WILLOW CREEK FREE TRAPPERS GONE ON AHEAD

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    Obituary for James Stewart Gill
    The love of my heart and the man I adored left my side and this earthly life on September 14, 2013 surrounded by many of his friends and family.

    SMITHFIELD — James Stewart Gill was born November 15, 1946 in Grand Junction, CO. to Gene Stewart and Julia Irma Gill. Jim was part of a large, fun-loving family of 28 Aunts and Uncles, 53 cousins, and 6 brothers and a sister. Jim lived in Colorado and Utah, where he met his first wife, Marie Hamberlin. They were married and later divorced, but he was blessed with three wonderful children; Gene Clayton, April Celeste, and Julia Veniece and a stepson, Tony Meier. He was an attentive father to all of them. Jim always felt he couldn’t do enough for his children. In May of 2007 he found and married the love of his heart, Karen Strong Jepsen, at which time he inherited four more children; Jessica, Kyle, Derek, and Ashley. Altogether he had 11 grandchildren who were the light and joy of his life.

    Jim entered basic training for the United States Navy, at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA. in 1966. He served aboard the USS Cabildo and Tulare in the Vietnam conflict, until 1970. After returning home from the service, he enrolled in Salt Lake Community College with an interest in printing. He first worked for Lorraine Press in SLC, UT. After moving to Logan he worked for Herald Printing for many years, and later changed to Square One Printing. During the 19 years he worked there, he developed many friendships.

    For 37 years Jim enjoyed going to Mountain Man Rendezvous’. He was known as Black Arrow to the members of the Old Ephraim Mountain Men and Willow Creek Free Trappers organizations. There he made many endearing and lasting friends, some of whom he spent countless hours with hunting and creating memories.

    Jim loved nature, especially the wildlife, and in the last few years he spent numerous hours with his wife, Karen, traveling through the beautiful mountains. He loved driving and going to different places, and traveled the western states attending family reunions. He fulfilled his wish of traveling east of CO. on a road trip to Louisiana.

    Jim was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother, his children and siblings: Tom (Nancy) Rogers; Ron (Gezzel) Rogers; Jerry (Shelley) Gill; Nancy (Steve) Watterson; Danny (Elizabeth) Gill and his grandchildren.

    Jim touched many lives with his quiet nature and friendly smile. Those he loved will continue to feel that love. He will be sorely missed and remembered forever. The love he shared with his darling wife whom he adored, will last an eternity.

    A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday September 18, at the LDS Chapel on 675 W 200 N Smithfield, UT. An additional viewing will be from 9:30 to 10:30 and funeral services will be held Thursday, September 19th at 11:00am at the same location. Internment will be at the Orchard Mesa Veterans Cemetery in Grand Junction, CO.

    Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Cache Valley Mortuary.
    Condolences may be made at

    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the James Gill Charitable account at Cache Valley Bank, 1710 North Main, No. Logan, Utah 84341. (435) 755-6736

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