Dearest Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, James Leon Gilbert transferred to the next life on April 16, 2009. He was born on October 21, 1937, in Murray, Utah, to Leon Wright Gilbert and Kathryn Ann Antczak. The Gilbert family were long time Murray residents and Jim grew up happily on 5700 South and Second West. He made lots of mischief, living between two railroad tracks but never caused bodily harm to anyone.\n\nDuring his high school years he had a full head of thick curly black hair and he looked just like “the Fonz”. It was during those years in Murray High, when he met his sweetheart, Sandra Kay Petersen. They were married November 7, 1956, in Salt Lake City. They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple October 5, 1959. He served in many callings including Bishopric member, Stake Membership Clerk and Stake Young Men’s presidency in Granger, Utah. He also taught in the Teachers Quorum in St. George, Utah.\n\nJim joined the Utah Air National Guard at 17 years old. He was a guardsman and worked full time for 15 years as the head of the hydraulic shop and kept the airplanes in the air; the F-86, C-97, KC-97, C-130 as they supported the Korean and Vietnam War. His feet never came back to the ground. When he went to St. George to develop Bloomington he joined the 222nd Army National Guard and retired from there.\n\nDuring his last 15 years, Jim worked with his son-in-law, Scott and several grandsons, at Riverside Dental Studio as a dental technician. He wished he had found that job when he was young, because he loved it. He was working 12 hour days when he was diagnosed with liver cancer on the Monday before Christmas.\n\nJim and Sandra were blessed with 3 daughters, Jill, Suzanne and Annette. They finally got a son, James Andrew and along with him came another girl, Jennifer. He has 22 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way. His grandchildren were the light of his life but his great-grandchildren came along and nothing surpassed them.\n\nJim established yearly trips to Disneyland and the tradition of riding Pirates of the Caribbean first. He also gave us pumpkin carving parities, pajamas on Christmas Eve, Christmas caroling, fishing, house-boating on Lake Powell, burgers on the grill and kept everyone laughing with his funny sense of humor.\n\nHe is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter, Jill (Scott) Emett; son, James Andrew. He is preceded in death by his 3 beautiful daughters, Suzanne, Annette and Jennifer; by his parents; and siblings, RaNae and Noel J. Gilbert.\n\nMany thanks go to Applegate Hospice, St. George Care Center and Dr. Wesley Barney for the love and compassion they have given to him during these past 4 months.\n\nFuneral services will be held Monday, April 20, 2009, at 12:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Hills 6th Ward Chapel, 750 Ft. Pierce Dr., St. George, UT. There will also be a viewing held Sunday, April 19, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, and again Monday, from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services at the Chapel.\n\nAdditional services will be held Saturday, April 25, 2009, 12:00 noon at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State St., where friends may call Fri. 6:30 – 8:00 pm and Sat. from 11 – 11:45 am. Interment Murray City Cemetery.