On the morning of June 22, 2023, James Alan Sowell, age 42, passed from this life in the foothills of Mount Pleasant, Utah.

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James was born to Shawnna Louise Glover and Willard Alan Sowell on October 30, 1980 in Provo, Utah.

Although James did not believe in organized religion, he did believe in God. He felt His presence in the mountains and found peace and solace there. He firmly believed that when he passed from this life that he would be welcomed with open arms.

James grew up in Florida and Magna, Utah. He attended Hunter Jr. High and Cyprus High School. James worked for Salt Lake City Sewer, Stearn Painting and most recently, Peak Outdoors.

James was very charismatic and could start a conversation with anybody. Being in the outdoors was his happy place - hiking, camping and fishing. He loved to try new foods and wasn't afraid to experiment with something new.

James had an infectious sense of humor. He loved to joke, play pranks, and make people laugh. Listening to his laughter brightened those around him and brought joy to others.

He shared his love of old music with his three boys. James loved his family most of all and would do anything he could for them. James had his struggles and never gave up trying to overcome them. He was empathetic to others’ adversities in life, and a hug from him could lighten the load. He was a fighter - strong, sensitive, smart, brave, and courageous. He will be sincerely missed.

James is survived by his three sons, Cade Sowell, Aiden Sowell and Koi Sowell. James is also survived by his parents, Ronald and Shawnna Nay, and his siblings, Sharon Yeates (Jerry), Elizabeth Sowell (Will), Melody Al-Rudan (Wasfi), Anna Sowell, Brittany Kluge (Cody), and Colt Nay (Amanda).

James was preceded in death by his biological father, Willard Alan Sowell.

The family would like to extend their appreciation and sincere thanks to the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Anderson of Sanpete Major Crimes Task Force, Utah Search Dogs, Inc., Rasmussen Mortuary, and to their friends and neighbors for their loving support.

There will be a private family service after which the family will hold a casual open house for family and friends.

Open House

Wednesday, June 28th

6 – 8 pm

12075 E 14650 N

Mount Pleasant, UT 84647

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Services

Celebration of Life

Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nay Residence
12075 E 14650 N
Mount Pleasent, UT 84647

Life Story Info

Post Date

Jun 24, 2023

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I wish I could have been there to see you one last time uncle James. I’ve always looked up to you.

Ali Al-Rudan , Grafenwöhr , Bavaria, DE Jun 26, 2023

Dear Family,

I just now learned about my nephew James tragic passing around 3 a.m. on July 15, 2023 (though I do not know details of how or why this happened or the events that led up to this).

I am shocked and saddened that James is no longer with us. And even more saddened that he may have been a victim of a crime. If so, I hope the perpetrator is caught and is punished to the full extent of the law. Whatever happened should not have happened to James. This has hurt all of us who love care about James.

My heart goes out to my dear sister Shawnna and to all of James's surviving sisters and his boys and all who love him.

I love James and he holds special place in my heart.

I would like to think that the loved ones who have gone before James were there to welcome him into Paradise and comfort him.

I look forward to seeing James again. Until that time, I will miss you James.

God be with you 'til we meet again.

Love,

Aunt Carrie Lynn

Carrie Lynn Glover , Boquete, Chiriqui (Province), PA Jul 15, 2023

James was a great friend. Spent a lot of my childhood and years working at Salt Lake City with him. He was always so kind. He would randomly come by my home just to visit. I enjoyed it very much. It broke my heart to hear of his passing. You will be missed James. Very thankful for the time that we had with you. Love you buddy!

Booth Jenson , Magna, UT, US Jun 25, 2023

James was a great friend. Spent a lot of my childhood and years working at Salt Lake City with him. He was always so kind. He would randomly come by my home just to visit. I enjoyed it very much. It broke my heart to hear of his passing. You will be missed James. Very thankful for the time that we had with you. Love you buddy!

Booth Jenson , Magna, UT, US Jun 25, 2023

James was such a great guy! Although I knew him only for a few years he was my good friend, we would talk for hours. He was so caring, generous, funny and his smile was fantastic. He seemed to show up when I needed to talk or was just thinking about him. He could always brighten a day. I will miss him dearly, he was a good friend to me. He definitely leaves a void.

May God bless you James and rest in God's peace.

P.S.

James I will take good care of Snoopy.

Christine Roberts , Magna, UT, US Jun 25, 2023

J-ames we could not have been us

A-nna without you ..

M-elody

E-lizabeth

S-haron

Me , Magna, UT, US Jun 24, 2023

I never made this connection....mom said she didn't either. Super unique.

LIZ SOWELL , Lake Elsinore , CA, US Jun 25, 2023

J-ames we could not have been us

A-nna without you ..

M-elody

E-lizabeth

S-haron

Me , Magna, UT, US Jun 24, 2023

Oh, sweet little brother. My heart is heavy. You were not supposed to be gone yet. You made me ugly cry! And for some reason it keeps happening. I miss you so very much. May you rest in peace.

LIZ SOWELL , Lake Elsinore , CA, US Jun 24, 2023

I'm so sorry for the loss of James. Love and prayers to you and your family.

Sheri Adams , Brigham, UT, US Jun 26, 2023

I wish it was only a nightmare, and I could wake up. I love you.

Melody Jun 24, 2023

I wish it was only a nightmare, and I could wake up. I love you.

Melody Jun 24, 2023

I wish it was only a nightmare, and I could wake up. I love you.

Melody Jun 24, 2023

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