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Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Starts at 11:00am (Mountain time)
James (Jim) William Shaw, aged 73, was found deceased on July 19, 2023, west of Nephi, Utah. He was born November 11, 1949, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Cathren and Jack Shaw. Jim was raised in Nephi, Utah, where he resided until his passing.
Jim was an avid lifelong learner and loved to share his knowledge. He earned a bachelor's degree in Zoology, with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry, from Southern Utah State College. From Utah State University, he received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a master's degree in Animal Science. Jim also received a certificate of completion from Utah Technical College for an electrical apprenticeship.
Jim’s most recent employment was as a substitute teacher. His students would try to stump him with difficult questions, but due to his vast knowledge, they were often unsuccessful. Jim previously enjoyed working with the Juab County road crew, spraying weeds and performing road maintenance. Prior to that, he worked for Southwestern Portland and Martin Marietta Cement Companies, and for Casey Electric as an apprentice electrician and laborer.
Jim was a proud member of the Sons of the American Legion, the National Rifle Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He was active in the community, serving for many years as a counselor for the American Legion Boys' State program, a Red Cross first aid instructor, a 4-H leader in shooting sports, a hunter education instructor for the Utah State Division of Wildlife Resources, and as a volunteer for Juab County Sheriff's Patrol. Jim was also a longtime volunteer for Juab County Search and Rescue, who were among the many agencies and individuals that helped to find Jim when he was missing. His family will be forever grateful to all who assisted by searching, spreading the word, and offering love and support.
Jim was known for being the first in line at the stampede breakfast, walking around town every day, sharing apples from the Red Barn, and his striped overalls. He loved old Western movies, photography, the outdoors, riding his ATV, and looked forward to hunting this fall with his beloved nephew, Ron.
Jim is survived by his nephew, Ronald (Carie) Higgins, his good friend, Kristina Robertson, who first reported him missing, and countless other friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack, mother, Cathren, sister, Jacqueline Higgins, and many cherished friends. We will remember him for his impish grin, wisdom, thoughtfulness, support, and love. To the American Legion Boys' State program, Jim leaves "his devotion and support never-ending."
There will be a graveside service at Vine Bluff Cemetery on Tuesday, September 12, at 11:00 AM. Come as you are, overalls encouraged.