ROY - Ira Joseph Markham, 84, church, business and community leader, died Jan. 24, 1989, of Parkinson's disease in an Ogden hospital.

He was founder of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, participating in the first production in 1937.He handled trusts and estate planning at Central Hanover Bank & Trust, New York City, and later became a systems and procedures designer for U.S. Steel. He retired from the Pittsburg, Calif., office after 25 years service.

In 1980, Mr. Markham received a Brigham Young University Emeritus Club award.

He was a high councilor in four stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was the church's first bishop in Concord, Calif.

For three years, he was a member of the Bay Area Writing Committee, which prepared priesthood lesson manuals for the church.

Mr. Markham served in the Canadian Mission in the mid-1920s, was a high priest in the Roy 11th Ward, and taught business and accounting at what was then Weber College beginning in 1939.

He was born Feb. 14, 1904, in Spanish Fork, to Ira M. and Rose Patterson Markham. He attended Spanish Fork schools, graduated from Spanish Fork High School, received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business from BYU and a master of business administration degree from New York University.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Roy 11th Ward, 2175 W. 4250 South. Friends may call at Larkin & Sons Mortuary, Adams Avenue at 24th Street, Ogden, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and at the ward chapel until 10:45 a.m. Saturday. (See obituary on this page.)