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James Delmar Seely

Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Mervin Sharp Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson Utah with his family there. He served in the US Army Corps of Engineers after graduating from college from Utah State University with a bachelors degree in civil engineering and through the ROTC program as lieutenant. He married Anna Lou Orrock on September 8, 1953 in the Manti Temple. He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior as a Civil Engineer in Utah, California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, D.C., and Colorado. Together they served as temple workers in the Washington, D.C., Denver Colorado and Jordan River temples. He was a member of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. He loved his family.

He was preceeded in death by his wife, Anna Lou Orrock Seely; his parents, Leslie Cyrus Seely, Sr. and Ora Margaret Johnson; his older brother, Leslie Cyrus Seely, Jr.; and by a great-grandson, Chance Timothy O’Camb.

He is survived by his brother Erin (Jackie) Seely and four children, Jeffery Lynn (Janice), Brent James (Karen), Debra Ann (Timothy) Arnold and Daniel Clair (Mary K); 18 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren.


Jeffery Lynn and Janice Seely:Brad Jeffery and Karen Seely:James, Kyler, Michael and Ryan,Tamara Lynn and Cole Baird:Rylee, Cade, Talena, Evan and Andrea, Laura Dawn and Brian Chapman, Simon, Isaac, Thomas and Caleb,Maria Nicole and Tim Jones,Zoey, Paul Thomas and Jordan Seely,Eleanor and Chandler, Kyle James and Alice Seely,Carson and Elizabeth, Adam Christopher Seely
Brent James and Karen Seely:Dana Seely.
Stephen James Seely and Kimberly: Fawn Fowles,Charlie Lacey Seely.
Debra Ann and Timothy Michael Arnold: Amanda Ann and George Albert O’Camb,Audrey Annmarie, Brinley Debra,Hayden Michael, Luke Aloysius and Chance Timothy (deceased), Claire Jeanne and Emmie Lou,Jordan Michael and Sheree Allred Arnold,DaLery May, Drake Michael, Deagun Louis, Daxton Lee, Bryce James and Amy Lynn Arnold,Brayden James, Kaydee Lynn.
Daniel Clair and Mary Katherine (Tingen) Seely: Katherine Danielle and Orrey Randall, Mav Randall, Jakob Dwight and Kelli LaVon Seely,Maggie Seely, Mallory Ann Seely, Kellie Lynn Seely, Matchett Joseph, Molly Rose Seely.

James Delmar Seely worked for the Bureau of Reclamation on the Weber Basin Project in Ogden. He transferred to the Lower Colorado River Project Office in Blythe, California, as office engineer. He then went to the Yuma Project Office in Yuma, Arizona, then to the lower Colorado Regional Office in Boulder City, Nevada. His next move was to the Reclamation’s headquarters office in Washington, D.C. with the oversight responsibilities of operation and maintenance. He then transferred to Denver, Colorado with responsibilities to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. He retired in 1991 and lived in West Jordan with his wife Anna Lou.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Mountain Shadows 4th Ward, 8136 South Old Bingham Highway, West Jordan, Utah 84088-5232. A viewing will be held on Friday evening, January 12, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Memorial Redwood Mortuary, 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah 84123 with no viewing before the funeral. Interment will be at the Redwood Memorial Cemetery at 3:00 pm.

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