James Robert Fisher passed from this earthly life on Friday, May 8, 2020. He was born in Cardston, Alberta, Canada to Erma Fay Skipworth and Neff Gibb Fisher on 15 October 1940.
His earliest years were spent on a farm in the small village of Hill Spring. Their life was a pioneering life without many of the modern conveniences.
His family emigrated to the United States when he was seven years old. He was always proud of his Canadian heritage and the legacy of a faith-filled family.
Jim attended school in Hill Spring, Perry, Utah, Provo, Utah and Kearns, Utah where he graduated from Granger High School as part of the first graduating class in that new school. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and Dixie College in St George, Utah. While at BYU, he enjoyed working in the Audio Visual Department. At Dixie College he was part of the quartet performing in the production Music Man, which engendered a life-long love of barbershop music. He loved to sing and he loved to dance.
From July 1961 to July 1963 Jim served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Minnesota, North Central States Mission. After his mission and enrollment at Dixie College, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 where he served for two years, one of which was in Viet Nam. He was very patriotic and grateful to serve his country.
Then in 2015, Jim became a United States citizen. He appreciated the right to vote and felt the responsibility of citizenship.
He worked at a variety of vocations through his life. One of his favorite was in his own business at Vector Video in Pleasant Grove. Another was growing bedding plants from his own greenhouse while majoring in Horticulture at BYU. As a young man, he worked as a computer programmer. During this time, he was actively involved in genealogy work as well, making many family records on punch cards used at the time. He joined the Pleasant Grove Lions Club in 1987 and served in several positions over the years.
Jim had a firm and unwavering testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Restoration, and a devotion to the Church and to the prophets and leaders. He was a faithful and willing servant in whatever calling came to him to serve in the Church. He especially enjoyed serving as ward and stake clerk. He was able to perform some duties as stake clerk even after having a stroke.
In 1992, Jim suffered a stroke which impacted his abilities and changed his life. In 2006, another stroke further handicapped him and his abilities. He cheerfully and humbly endured the hard things for many years. He always continued to learn and keep his mind active. He loves his family and loves music, both of which gave him happiness.
Jim is survived by his wife Anne. They met at an LDS Singles dance and were married 48 years ago in the Salt Lake Temple . When their marriage began, there were already six children in the family. Together they added three more. Jim was grateful to legally adopt the older children.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children Shaun (Camille), Laurie (Joel), Heather (Craig), Carrie (Mark), Joel (Diana), Micki (Bill), Andrew (Chao-yi), Sara, and Samuel. Also surviving are his sisters Joy Hansen and Thelma Sorensen, brother Morgan (Kathy) Fisher, and sister-in-law Carol Fisher.
Preceding him in death are brothers Ledell Fisher and Phil Fisher, sister Gloria Chipman, and Anne's infant son Robert Nathaniel McCausland. Jim and Anne have 51 grandchildren and at present, 75 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held for family members and he will be buried in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. If desired, friends and family are invited to contribute to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund in lieu of flowers.
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- Vietnam War