James R. Strong"Jim"1952 ~ 2012Jim was born October 19, 1952 to Don and Joyce Wilkins Strong. He passed away unexpectedly January 14, 2012 of natural causes. He was a loving husband, an amazing dad, and a wonderful son, brother, and friend. Jim retired as Captain of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office after 30 years of distinctive service. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy. Jim earned the respect and love of his peers, deputies, and friends with his incredible work ethic and his unique ability to lead with kindness and understanding. Upon retiring from the Sheriff's Office, he joined the Salt Lake County Animal Services as a Captain. Jim's compassion and sense of humor will be greatly missed by many. He was a practical joker, story teller and had an amazing love for life.He married the love of his life, Claire in a service performed by his dad. With this union he was blessed with four wonderful children who adored him and whom he loved with his whole heart and soul.Survived by his loving wife, Claire, and their children, Nicole, Karrie (Palmer), Alex, and Kailee. Also survived by his parents, Don and Diane Strong, favorite Auntie Irene Wilkins, and siblings, John (Elaine) Strong, Wendy Deverall, Sharon (Milo) Trujillo, Lori (Steve) Aikin. Kris (Mark) Humphries and Stacie (Frank) Hicks. Preceded in death by his mother, Joyce, and his beloved dog, Drake. Jim, you will be forever loved and missed by your family and all who knew you.Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 20, at 11 a.m., at the Millcreek Stake Center, 4220 So. Jeannine Drive (420 E.), Murray, Utah. A viewing will be held there Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salt Lake County Animal Services. Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean we'll miss you, Until we meet again!Funeral Directors Aspen Funeral Services.