James Earl Memmott 60, passed away on December 18, 2021, from complications due to heart disease. He was born on May1,1961, in Gardena, CA. to Tom and Marie Beck Memmott. When he was 2 months old, his parents moved the family to Nephi, UT, where he attended school, graduating in 1980 from Juab High School. He worked hard to become an Eagle Scout and was also a member of the Nephi Jaycees where he was given several awards.
James worked in Nephi, UT. at a service station and a cafe as a Cook. He also worked at the Norbest Processing Plant in Moroni, UT. where he was given the nickname Rosebud. He moved to Mesquite NV. for better job opportunities. One of those jobs was a security guard at a casino where he dropped a bag of quarters on his foot and broke it. He was also an EMT.
James loved the outdoors, riding ATV’s, hunting and was an avid gun collector. While living in Nevada he worked at several gas stations that helped him build his gun collections. People would come in after losing all their money at the casinos, James would make a deal with them to trade their guns for gas money. He loved to tease his brother Mark, sister Tammy, and cousin Deb until they cried. His most favorite tease was when his Uncle David, and his Grandpa Earl would tell them that they was going to trap the Easter Bunny, or set a bear trap for Santa Claus.
James was involved in a very bad car accident that almost took him from us, but he fought through it. After that he loved the fact that he would set off metal detectors with the rods and screws in his legs.
On February 16th, 2003, at a friend’s NASCAR party, he met Janice Ruffner. They were married on May 14th, 2005, at the Wolf Creek Golf Course in Mesquite, NV. They were sealed in the St George Utah Temple on January 5th, 2013.
He loved to tell stories, especially the one about the night he was out on his dirt bike when he was younger, and a policeman started chasing him. After he lost him, he thought he was home free and headed home, but after sneaking in the back, he found that the policeman was there waiting for him, talking with his dad. James was a bit of a hell-raiser when he was younger. He had a temper, but he had a big heart and was passionate about keeping his family safe, especially his mom after his dad passed away.
He is survived by his wife, Janice of Mesquite NV; mother, Marie Beck Memmott of Nephi UT; sister, Tammy Memmott of Brigham City UT; Mark Memmott of Nephi UT ;Nephews, Joshua and Michael Kerkhoff.
He is proceeded in death by his father, Tom Memmott; father and mother-in-law, John and Joanne Juergens; grandparents, Earl and Ilena Edmunds Beck, and James and Vinnie Angel Memmott.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Stake Center, 100 N. Arrowhead Ln, Mesquite, NV 89027. Cremation rites have been accorded.
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