James Todd Wankier, 66, unexpectedly passed away in his home in West Jordan, Utah, on January 26, 2020. Jim was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 19, 1953, to Udell A. Wankier and Elma Larson Wankier. He had a happy childhood, being raised in the small town of Copperton, Utah, at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains. A natural athlete, he excelled in basketball, football, and baseball. He graduated from Brighton High School and attended the University of Utah.

In 1981, he met and married the love of his life, Nancy Paulette Barrett. The marriage was later solemnized in the Jordan River Temple. Together, they raised three children, Michelle (Brent) Terry, Jamie (Casey) Sullivan, and Andrew Wankier. Jim's marriage to Nancy was his shining light, and his love poems will forever serve as testament to his undying love and dedication. As Jim worked the oil and gas industry, he raised his family all across the American West. He possessed a cowboy spirit and a love for the outdoors, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and camping. He was a history lover and an avid reader. His basics of life were simple; he never demanded much and only wanted to spend time with his family - his proudest accomplishment. Jim absolutely adored his grandchildren, James, Maddie, Roxy, Jack, Max, and Russell. His goofy humor and infectious smile will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Jim is survived by his siblings, Lynne (Jim) Thomas, Douglas Wankier, Kaye Wankier, Steven (Josie) Wankier, and Jeff (Jill) Wankier. Preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Jett.

Although gone too soon, Jim died next to the person he loved the most, and in the home he worked his life to build. He died happy, knowing he was loved.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Fox Point Ward, 1465 W. Bristol Ridge Rd (8420 South), West Jordan Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30 - 10:45 am. Internment, Redwood Memorial.


Funeral Service

Saturday, Feb. 01, 2020 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Fox Point Ward
1465 W Bristol Ridge Rd
West Jordan, UT 84088

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Andrew Wankier

Post Date

Jan 29, 2020


Personal Info


Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Cause of Death

Heart Attack





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It will be strange not running in to Jim. We worked together off and on for over 40 years As he liked to say “We wuz kids together” I took him out as a trainee on his first core job and he talked me into becoming a company man So long my friend Looks like we will be holding at $10,000,000 Jim

Charlie Cogdill , Casper, WY, US Feb 12, 2020

Thank you, Charlie, for the kind and thoughtful response. It always warms out hearts to hear stories about our dad. Would love to know the meaning of the $10,000,000 reference.

Andrew Wankier Feb 26, 2020

So sorry to hear this. I remember Jim from elementary school in Copperton. Always a sad thing to hear of my past classmates passing. My condolences to all the family.

Barbara Carpentier , Riverton, UT, US Feb 04, 2020

Thank you , Barbara. He loved Copperton and recounted stories of his elementary days often.

Andrew Wankier Feb 26, 2020

Peace be with you Jim. A true pleasure to know and work with you in the patch.

Prijatel Family , Pueblo, CO, US Jan 30, 2020

Very sweet words. Thank you.

Andrew Wankier Feb 04, 2020

You were my favorite company man. I always enjoyed our talks and I always, always looked forward to coming to see you at the rig. You stood up for me when I least expected it. I was bummed when I heard you were gone from ultra and completely shocked and saddened by the learning of your passing. RIP good friend you will be greatly missed!!!

Bob elder Jan 30, 2020

Thank you for the kind words about my dad. My mom loved hearing them

Andrew Wankier Feb 04, 2020