James Nile Myers


(Sept. 23, 2004)

James Nile Myers, 59, died Thursday, Sept. 23 in Lovell of a heart condition due to Marfan Syndrome.

He was born Sept.10,1945, in Sellersville, Pa., to James Mercer and Marjorie Hardenfelt Myers. He was raised in Lansdale, Pa. and graduated from Souderton High School.

On Oct.18,1965 he went into the U.S. Army serving a one-year tour in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged on Oct.17, 1967. He was an expert rifleman. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, along with his Vietnam medals. In 1982 he enlisted in the Utah National Guard and served for six years.

When he returned from Vietnam, he worked for North Penn Transfer loading trucks. In May of 1972 he came to Cody on vacation and met the love of his life, Diana Hunsaker, on a blind date. After corresponding for six months, they were married in Jarrettown, Pa., on Nov. 4, 1972. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints two weeks prior to their marriage. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan Temple on Nov. 7, 1981. In 1976 he moved his small family west to Powell. Three years later, he got a job at Thiokol, an aerospace plant, in Promontory, Utah, so the family moved to Brigham City, settling eventually in East Garland.He earned the title of lead operator and over the years earned many awards for his work. After 17 1/2 years Thiokol had a Reduction in Forces lay-off, so Jim and Diana decided to move to Lovell. Once again, he went to work at the feed lot in Powell.

He loved to fish. It was his greatest pastime. His favorite books were the Big Sky, Good-bye Mr. Chips, and Robert Frost poems. He enjoyed his nightly game of Scrabble with his wife.

He had a strong work ethic. He worked hard at whatever job he had. Yet, he could relax and play with his kids and grandkids. In their 31 years together, he never quit opening doors for his wife and holding her hand. Their happy empty nest time was cut short.

He was preceded in death by his father, James, and his sister, Lynn.

He is survived by his wife, Diana of Lovell; his children: Malynda (Nathan) Hanson of Fallon, Nev.; James L. Myers of Brigham City, Utah; Angela (Steven) Blanchard of USAF Academy, Colo.; Keeli (Scott) Savage of Lovell; Kami (Jeremy) Hammond of Logan, Utah; and Donald Myers of Lovell; his mother, Marjorie of Harleysville, Pa.; and grandchildren: Joseph, Hyrum and Alexis Blanchard; Zachary Hanson; Aubrey and Isaac Hammond; and Joseph Scott Savage Jr.; and sisters Dale (Dan) Souder of Schwenksville, Pa.; and Judie French of Chalfont, Pa.; a brother, Thayne (Mary) Myers of Moab, Utah; and many nieces and nephews.