James Gifford Turley passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 8, 2020. He was born February 15, 1944 in Los Angeles, California. Shortly after his birth, he was adopted by Gifford and Catherine Turley. He was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where he attended West High School and joined the Air Force prior to graduating.

While serving our country, Jim was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota. During his time at Ellsworth, he met and married Cheryl Balhorn of Sturgis, South Dakota. He received his High School diploma, a Bachelors Degree, and had 3 children while living in the Black Hills. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Westminster College. Jim and Cheryl moved to Bountiful, Utah in 1979 to raise their children. They divorced in 1986.

Jim married Demetria Ward and resided in South Ogden, Utah with her and her two children. They later divorced.

Jim worked as an accountant with Sperry Univac, Unisys, Flameco, and Neways among others. He was a charismatic, passionate man and always had a “saying” or a joke to lighten the mood. Most remember Jim as easy to talk to and fun to have around. He made many friends along the way and will be missed.

Jim enjoyed his family, especially his grandkids, and was seen at many of their baseball, soccer, and basketball games. He also loved his son’s dog Solstice, as they kept each other company for the majority of the last decade.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother (Catherine), father (Gifford), and son (Chad). He is survived by his brother John, daughter Jenni (Todd), daughter-in-law Audrey (Chad), son Travis (Brooke), and grandkids Josie, Colton, Chase, Marshall, Sara, Bridger, Olivia, and Fisher.

Graveside services will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, December 18th, 2020 at Veterans Cemetery, 17111 South Camp Williams Rd. Riverton, Utah. A viewing will be held that morning from 10:00 - 11:00 am at Memorial Redwood Mortuary, 6500 South Redwood Road West Jordan, Utah.

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Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Memorial Redwood Mortuary
6500 South Redwood Road
West Jordan, UT 84123

Graveside Service

Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park
17111 South 1700 West
Bluffdale, UT 84065

Services Handled By

Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Dec 16, 2020

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Rest in peace my friend. I wouldn't be where I am at today without you. Save a seat up front for me when it is my time.

Your friend always.


John Ularich , Price, UT, US Dec 18, 2020