James Kenneth Thayer


(Jan. 27, 2008)

James Thayer, 49, formerly of Powell, died instantly Sunday, Jan. 27 in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the result of injuries when he was struck in a pedestrian crosswalk by a passing pickup truck.

He was born Nov. 13, 1958, in Billings, Mont., the eldest son of Ronald and Ella Thayer of Roundup, Mont. He grew up in Powell and graduated from Powell High School in 1977. He earned an A.A. degree from Northwest College and attended the University of Wyoming.

After his schooling, Jim worked in oil exploration and the oilfield contracting business. Most recently, he was employed as a laboratory chemist and a housing contractor.

His family will remember him for his great sense of humor and for various personal talents, including his skill as an actor. He made a lasting impression on people who knew him, and he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer of Grantsville, Utah; his mother, Ella Dillon of Powell; his brothers, Ron Thayer (Kelly) of South Jordan, Utah, Rod Thayer (Toni) of Boise, Idaho, and Todd Thayer of Powell; stepbrothers, Dan (Teri) Dillon of Billings, Tom (Gina) Dillon of Bullhead City, Ariz., and James Dillon of Tucson, Ariz.; and stepsisters, Judy (Mitch) Williams of Powell and Ginny (Mark) Ude of Mountain Home, Idaho.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Billings, 925 South 27th St. He will be interred at the Ballantine, Mont., Cemetery at a later date.