A native of Bingham Canyon, Utah, James C. Bapis was born on November 24, 1933, to Chris and Katherine Kallas Bapis, the youngest of two sons.
He died on August 12, 1998 in Midvale, Utah after a long battle with cancer. Jim was a general reporter and editor with United Press International from 1958 to 1973. From UPIs bureaus in Salt Lake City and later Sacramento, California, he covered major news stories throughout the West. He was also the chief sportswriter in UPIs Salt Lake City bureau for several years. He accrued nine years experience reporting on the state legislatures of Utah and California.Bapis later became a features writer at the University of Utah, where he earned a B.S. degree in journalism, serving in that capacity for more than 22 years. He wrote feature articles on major research projects in the colleges of engineering; mines and earth sciences; science; business and numerous other research-related agencies.
Jim is survived by his mother, Katherine; his brother, Paul; his aunt, Helen (Russell) Horrocks, of Ogden; and his uncles, Pete and Gus Kallas, of Clearfield.
At the end of his sophomore year in college, he volunteered for military service. After completing basic training at Fort Ord, California, he was assigned to the Army Storied 28th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas as a correspondent and information specialist.
Bapis believed that a journalist best honored his profession by writing clearly, accurately, and with minimum bias. His profession, in turn, honored him with numerous writing awards, including the 1995 Golden Spike Award of Excellence in news writing. He previously won four Awards of Merit in Golden Spike competition and two Awards of Excellence and three Awards of Merit from the Intermountain Association of Business Communicators. He was elected to the National Association of Science Writers in 1991.
Jim spent some of his free time caring for wayward animals, particularly cats and dogs, often picking up expensive veterinary bills to restore their health. Along the way, his family adopted several cats and found homes for many others.
Jim aspired to decency, not greatness. "Jim, God be with you 'til we meet again." Grateful appreciation to the American Cancer Society Hospice.
Funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Monday August 17, 1998 at the Prophet Elias Church, 5335 South Highland Drive. Friends may call on Sunday evening at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Prophet Elias Multi-purpose Building Fund.
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