James William Hard was born December 8, 1945, in Anaconda, Montana, to Mildred Lillian Beach and Charles Edgar Hard. He left the loving arms of his wife and best friend, Glenna Jones Hard, on April 28, 2023, at their home in Roy, Utah.
Jim was injured at birth, causing life-long health challenges. He was a fighter, and with his mother and sisters as his champions, Jim faced his challenges head-on and lived a happy, full life.
Jim graduated from Anaconda High School. He went on to attend Montana State College in Bozeman. He later trained as a chef in Billings. Two of his favorite jobs were The Forklift at Snowbird and Tiffany’s Attic in Salt Lake City. He enjoyed meeting the comics who performed there. Jim then earned dual Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Theater from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. He retired from Convergys after fifteen years in sales and service.
Jim was married to Janis Carney. They had three children, Lorien, John, and Linden. They were later divorced.
Jim married his soulmate, Glenna Jones, and became dad to her children, Joshua, Dustin, Bart, Shelise and Brendan. Together, Jim and Glenna opened their home and their hearts over the years, becoming family to many.
Books, music, theater, and astronomy were some of Jim’s many interests. He loved acting, singing, and directing. Jim did not feel awkward onstage because his movements were planned and blocked out. He had an amazing memory, recalling literature and plays from his high school and college days.
Jim and Glenna were heartbroken when Brendan died suddenly at the age of 17, and two years later, when Joshua died at the age of 29. Just last year, their granddaughter, Londyn Elizabeth Day, brightened her corner of the world for just 36 hours before returning to her heavenly home.
Jim is survived by his wife, Glenna; children, Lorien (Adam) Green, John Hard, Linden Carney, Alicia (Joshua) Jones, Dustin (Rosalee) Stump, Bart Stump, Shelise (Allen) Day and 14 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Dorothy (Lonnie) Alley, and Joan (Neville) Peterson and a brother, Brian (Christy) Stump.
Jim and Glenna are members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ogden, Utah.
Cremation is under the direction Myers Mortuary. A memorial will be held in Jim’s honor on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Tuttle Hall, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2374 Grant Avenue, Ogden, Utah.
Donations may be made to the James Hard Memorial Fund at Mountain America Credit Union.
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