James Leo Thurgood, age 50, passed away Saturday, March 14, 1998, at McKay Dee Hospital surrounded by many loved ones.

He was born July 19, 1947, in Ogden, Utah, a son of Dale B. and Lavon Anderson Thurgood. He married Gloria Chambers on November 19, 1965. Together they had one son, Rusty Dale Thurgood. They later divorced. Jim then married Linda L. Cummings on June 25, 1971. Together they had one daughter and one son, Jennifer L. Thurgood Miller and Troy J. Thurgood. They later divorced. Jim them married Patricia Miller on September 8, 1989.He lived in Utah all his life. He was raised in Syracuse. He had been a member of the LDS Church. He graduated from Clearfield High School in 1965. He went on to become a journeyman plumber. He had worked for Smedley's, Thurgood Plumbing, and was currently employed as a plumber at Weber State University. He also did many plumbing jobs on the side.

He was an avid hunter. He loved to spend time up in the mountains. He was a former member of the Davis County Sheriffs Posse and the Westerners Riding Club. He loved going and meeting his friends for coffee everyday and making trips to Wendover.

Jim was so proud of his children and he adored his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Ogden, whom he had been separated from the past two years; his children, Rusty Thurgood, Layton, UT; Jennifer (Geof) Miller, Clearfield, UT; Troy J. Thurgood, Syracuse, UT; stepchildren, Jeff and Jody Maw, Ogden, UT; his father and mother, Dale B. and Lavon Anderson Thurgood, Roy, UT; brothers and sisters, Ronald (Kaye) Thurgood, Robert (Bev) Thurgood, both from Syracuse; Michael (Kathy) Thurgood, Bakersfield, CA; Connie (Lyman) Freestone, Clinton, UT; Joan (Carl) Nealson, Pam Lenhardt, both from Ogden; and Laurie (Steve) Fisher, Layton, UT.

Also surviving are five precious grandchildren and a very close and special nephew, Tyler Nealson, and many more nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Evelyn Anderson, and Leo and Ellen Thurgood.

Jim was such a kind and caring person. He was always there for everyone and would do anything for anyone. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. "We love and miss you so much, Dad. You were a great father to us."

Funeral services will be held at Faith Baptist Church, 2430 No. Fairfield Road, Layton, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 1998. Friends and family may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 North Fairfield Road, and Wednesday at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Interment, Syracuse City Cemetery.

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