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Obituary: James Cumming Hawthorne

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James Cumming Hawthorne "Jim" James C. Hawthorne, 78, passed away at home in Bountiful, UT, July 26, 2005, while trying to keep his commitment to his beloved wife of nearly 60 years. He was born September 8, 1926, to James and Christina Hawthorne. Attended East High School. Married Marilyn Stelter September 9, 1946. Served in the U.S. Air Force, where he trained as B 24 Navigator, but then completed his service as a military ski instructor at Brighton, Utah, the site of the family summer cabin. The owner of Brighton Ski Resort credited Jim with keeping Brighton open during World War II and granted his family complimentary skiing until the resort was sold. Jim had a long and successful career in the automobile sales and leasing business, receiving numerous awards from Ford Motor Company. He retired in 1997. He enjoyed the Wasatch Mountains, where he often hiked and skied as a child. Skiing was a passion he continued throughout his life, serving on the first Park City Ski Patrol. He was humbled to have a ski run at Park City named in his honor - "Ford Country" - a favorite of powder buffs to this day. He also loved golfing, fly fishing, pheasant hunting and watching the sun rise over the mountains each morning. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Hawthorne. He devoted himself to her comfort and well being. Survived by two sons: James Gregg Hawthorne (Kerri), Kevin Eric Hawthorne (Lisa), and his daughter Christine Hawthorne (Walter Pera); five grandchildren: Aimee (Rob) Jewkes, Ryan Isakson, Matthew (Nickole) Isakson, Maggie Hawthorne, and Katie Hawthorne; six great grandchildren, Jake, Chad, Alex, and Savannah Jewkes, Kade and Coleman Isakson, all of whom loved him dearly and thought he was the most "kind and loving person on the face of the earth - a consummate gentleman, the epitome of class and respect, and always full of hugs and kisses" (quote from granddaughter Maggie). Funeral services will be held Monday, August 1, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, where friends may call from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.