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James Leon Ingles

September 18, 1947 — January 3, 2024

Layton, Utah

James (Jim) Leon Ingles was born September 18th, 1947 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Helen Mace Waddell and John Earl Ingles. He passed away unexpectedly and peacefully following complications from surgery January 3rd, 2024 in Layton, Utah. 

Jim attended Stoker Elementary, Bountiful Jr. High, and Bountiful High School where he graduated in 1965. He started postgraduate work at the University of Utah, then was called to serve for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Great Lakes Mission from 1966-1968. Upon returning he continued at the U of U.  As a Senior, he met Sandra Lyn Johnson whom he married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on January 22nd, 1971. He obtained his CPSD (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity) and worked for many years in the grocery store industry. He designed many stores including some of the Harmons grocery stores and our beloved Bowmans Market. In addition to all his engineering and designing, he even carved a wooden statue with a chainsaw for a grocery store in Challis, Idaho.

Jim had a great love for music that began with playing many instruments in his youth including the clarinet, saxophone, piano, ukulele, guitar, bass guitar, and banjo. He had a knack for anything musical. He had a remarkable ear and could hear a song and sit and replay it on the spot. He sang, performed, and was asked to participate in many groups throughout his life including The Little Society, The Wildewood Singers, The Riverbottom Boys, and The Corby 3, and later The Corby B3 plus 1 (when adding the 4th member). He even auditioned to be a guitarist for The Monkees, and was talented enough to be requested to fill the role. He politely declined, and chose to serve a mission instead. He performed at countless functions in college, church socials and dances, and was chosen to be on the “All-American College Show”. His love for music was well-known, but it did not exceed the love he had for his family. While working with his parents at Ingles Music in Bountiful, he began teaching guitar, ukulele, and banjo lessons. He continued teaching for over 50 years and loved each of his brilliant students! He was the devoted “Guitar Grandpa” visiting the homes of his grandchildren each week to teach them and share his passion for music. 

He had a contagious smile and a great sense of humor. He was known to laugh, tease, and even mastermind an elaborate practical joke now and then. He could be found most evenings enjoying a nice oversized rectangular tub of freshly popped popcorn sprinkled with Vegit. He was insistent on each of his children and grandchildren developing his same love for popcorn, and gifted many popcorn makers of all varieties (air, oil, microwave) to them over the years. Jim was an example of kindness and acceptance to everyone, regardless of their walk of life.

Jim had a strong testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a love for the scriptures and gospel learning. He loved the prophet Joseph Smith. He continually strived to become closer with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Jim served faithfully in various callings including Bishop, Elder’s Quorum President, Young Men’s Leader, and Primary Teacher.  Jim and Sandy were called to serve in the Family History Center as digital book Missionaries.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents John and Helen, his younger brother Dennis, and his great-granddaughter Indy Rae. Jim is survived by his wife Sandy, and his siblings: Carolyn, Glen, and Mary Ann (Rick); his children: Brian (Jana), Jen (Darin), Stacey (David), Scott (Linsey), and Matt (Jenica); his grandchildren whom he adored: Briana (Jake), Jacob, Cassie, Carter, Clara, Bridger, Wyatt, Grifin, Brexan, Brinley (Brandyn), Blake, Savanna (Max), Parker, Austin, Tyson, Caitlyn, Hailey, Bowen, Jackson, McCall, Tate, Truman; and his great-grandsons Greyson and James.

Funeral services for Jim will be on Monday, January, 8th, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. at the Layton Creekside Stake Chapel, 1480 W Phillips Street, Kaysville Utah. Friends and family may visit Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Monday morning 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the same location prior to services. Interment will follow at Memorial Lakeview Mortuary & Cemetery, 1640 East Lakeview Drive, Bountiful.

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