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“There are not enough words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Sincerly, Kathy ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy Grummett

“We love all of you and wish we could have been there in your time of need. Brighter days are ahead. Be well and live as Jim would want you to. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Andy & Louise Tobias - Cave Creek, AZ

“Kris, Brent, Joyce, and family . . . Our hearts are feeling that familiar ache from the loss of another loved one, in the lives of those we love. How...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Debi Dastrup - Riverton, UT

“We will remember Jim with huge affection. We spent a wonderful holiday in Gig Harbor with the 'Maxwells' & Joyce & Jim & have such happy...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Joe & Maureen Goodchild

“Joyce and family, Please feel my love and prayers with. Love, Janet ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Janet Toigo - Gig Harbor, WA

“I will always have a special place in my heart for Jim. He was always so good to me. Growing up across the street was such a blessing. I love you Jim...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Nat - Springville, UT

“Michael, your dad sounded like a great person, just like you. God Bless. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Mike and Nancy Brady - Las Vegas, NV

“I am grateful to you for being such a caring Father to me always and for accepting Brent also lovingly. We couldn't have asked for a better...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Kris (Dixon) Maxwell - Winters, CA

“We will miss Grandpa so much! I will never forget his smile and how excited he always was to see us. I will miss his stories and his laugh. Love you...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Rachel Norris - Sandy, UT

“Dad, I want to thank you for the love and time you gave to me. We've had a special bond since day one and even though our time has come our love will...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Michael Zufelt - Las Vegas, NV

“I'm so sorry for you loss. God Bless your family. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Evon Stevenson - Las Vegas, NV


James “Jim” Tarrel Zufelt
1929-2009

Jim passed away peacefully on his 80th birthday. He was born November 21, 1929 in Kline, CO to James Sterling Zufelt and Erma Katherine Eaton.

Jim joined the U.S. Army Air Corp in Dec. 1945 and completed his high school education while in the military. He was an Air Operations Specialist, assisting in the Administration of Army Air Force Operations. As a radio operator on B-29 bombers and C-47 transports in the Marshal Islands, he and his squadron witnessed one of the earliest Atomic Bomb tests in the Pacific. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and Army Occupation Medal-Japan. Jim received personal recognition signed by President Harry S. Truman. Staff Sergeant Zufelt, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in Dec. 1948.

Jim graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Business from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Jim married Freddie Vee Harris on August 15, 1949. They had one son, Michael James Zufelt. They eventually divorced. Jim met Joyce Payzant Dixon and they were married on February 14th, 1970. They have lived in Springville, UT since 1976. Jim made his career in the tire industry holding sales and management positions. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he was called as a High Priest and Ordained to the Office of a Seventy. His most enjoyable callings were Assistant Scout Master (Jim was an Eagle Scout) and Temple worker; Provo LDS Temple.

Jim was a natural born leader; he could do anything once he made his mind up to do it. He possessed a keen sense of humor and was exceptionally generous. Jim would give you the shirt off his back, iron it and put a $10 bill in the pocket. Later in life due to illness, he wasn’t able to iron the shirt and the job fell to his wife, Joyce. Jim appreciated outdoor activities while camping with family and friends. He enjoyed riding horses, motorcycles, hunting, fishing, boating and BYU Football. He loved raising chickens, pheasants, rabbits and his pet dogs and cats. Jim’s family will miss him; he was truly loved by his children and grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Leah and Verda, three brothers, Dennis, Oren, Val, daughter-in-law, Kathy Dixon and granddaughter, Brandie K Maxwell. He is survived by his wife, Joyce of 40 years, his son, Michael, Joyce’s children, Kim Morrison, Kris (Brent) Maxwell, Brent (Shirley) Dixon, Stevi Dixon, Jim’s sister, Klea (Lynn) Warner and brother Kolen along with 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the doctors/staff at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake, Aspen Ridge of Utah Valley and Trinity Mission Health & Rehab of Provo. They provided exceptional care for him. Jim will be laid to rest at Mountain View Memorial Mortuary and Cemetery, 3115 East 7800 South (Bengal Blvd.) (Cottonwood Heights) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 27th at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. Graveside memorial to follow with military honors.