James Avril Jesperson 1914 ~ 2005
James Avril Jesperson, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2005, at his home in Orem from complications resulting from a stroke.
He was born September 25, 1914, in Tucson, Arizona. He grew up in the Binghampton, Arizona area and attended local schools. He met his sweetheart, Doris Bender, in high school and they married on October 13, 1936, in Globe, Arizona. After their wedding, he served a mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple upon his return.
After moving to San Diego, California, they were blessed with five children and Jim worked as a civil engineer for the California Division of Highways for 35 years. As a couple, they set an example of service, devotion and faith. Jim served in various church callings including bishop, stake president, and mission president for the Andes Mission (1965-68). He later served with his wife as a regional representative in Quito, Ecuador; as a mission president of the Guayaquil Ecuador Mission; and as president of the Mexico City Missionary Training Center. He had a strong testimony and always put his family and the Lord first in his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, a brother, and a son-in-law, John Pritchett. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris, and his children, Jenean (Robert) Godbold, Patricia Pritchett, Mark (Solveig) Jesperson, Jamie (Ralph) Rasmussen, and John (Diana) Jesperson as well as 29 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services under the direction of Walker Sanderson Funeral Home of Orem, will be held on Monday, February 14, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. at the Orem Sharon Stake Center located at 545 South 800 East. There will be no public viewing. Interment will be at the Orem City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 E. North Temple, 15th Floor, SLC, UT, 84150.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerfamilymortuaries.com
Published in the Deseret News on 2/12/2005.