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Jim "Corky" Douglas Garner age 74, passed away on October 29, 2023 after suffering an unexpected stroke. Jim went peacefully Sunday morning, surrounded by his family. He was born to Douglas "Tex" and Eola Garner in Telluride, Colorado. He had 2 older brothers, Dave & Ron and a younger Sister Pam. Jim grew up during the uranium mining boom and early on in his life, the family moved to the small mining community of Moab, Utah. Moab was short on resources, but abundant on fun. Most of his childhood was spent playing baseball and being coached by his older brothers. Dave and Ron saw a unique talent in their little brother, and pushed him to play with teams 4 to 5 years older than him, which eventually led him to a college scholarship at Utah State University. Baseball was a big part of his life, and he continued to play baseball and softball into his early fifties, making numerous friends. In addition to playing ball, Jim spent many years coaching his son and daughter, coaching with his son in law, and offering his wisdom to his grandsons in their sports. He supported them at every single one of their games, never wanting to miss one.
His love and talent for baseball naturally transitioned into his love and talent for golf where he acquired many wonderful lifelong friends. He cherished the time spent on the golf course with his son, son-in-law's, grandsons and friends on many golf trips and special family traditions in St. George.
His family was by far his greatest blessing, and they brought him the greatest joy in this life. He often was brought to tears when he talked about his family. They were his world and he spent as much of his time with them as he could.
By trade, Jim was a contractor, majoring in geology while at Utah State. During his master’s program at the University of Utah, he worked in the construction field, and eventually changed his path to become a general contractor. He spent many years building custom homes, and eventually got involved in real estate investments.
During his time at the U, Jim met the love of his life, Ardis. They were married on March 5, 1971 and were later sealed in the Jordan River temple. They had 5 children and raised them in the Cottonwood Heights area. They are blessed with 7 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.
One of his greatest attributes was spending his time and talents serving and helping others. This is how he showed his love. Everyone who had been blessed to know him, loved him because they felt loved by him.
Jim was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had a strong testimony of his Savior Jesus Christ and emulated his example by serving others in his many church callings, humanitarian trips, friendships and family settings.
He is survived by his wife Ardis (Petterborg), daughters Natalee (Brett Jansson), Brigett (John Kircher), Katie (Zach Kelly), and son Bracken. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Hunter (Brittany), Caleb (Olivia) and Joshua Jansson. Owen and Kate Kircher. Lochlan and Emily Kelly. Jim also had 2 great granddaughters, Jersey and Indy (Hunter Jansson) all of who he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by his son Chad, which we know was a joyous reunion.
A viewing will be held on Friday, November 3 at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 South) from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and the day of service from 10-10:45 a.m. prior at the place of service for all those who wish to pay respects to Jim. Funeral services will be at Butler Stake Center 7035 S Nutree Drive, Saturday, November 4 at 11:00 am and Jim will be laid to rest in Preston, ID.
The funeral service will be live streamed at the following link: