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James O. Adams

Hyrum, Utah

James Othella Adams, 90, our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 16, 2008.He was born July 31, 1917, in Thatcher, Utah, to Dennis Earl and Rosa Christiansen Adams.

For 35 years he was a teacher and administrator in the LDS Seminary and Institute program, fulfilling seminary assignments at Snake River Seminary in Moreland, Idaho, Millard Seminary in Fillmore, and Bountiful Seminary. In 1960 he was assigned to Hyrum Seminary where he was principal for four years, then Smithfield Seminary where he was principal for 14 years. He retired in 1984 after five years as administrative assistant to the area director. In addition to his professional work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he devoted his life to serving in many callings including Bishop, High Counselor, teacher, home teacher, music director, and temple officiator in the Logan LDS Temple.

On March 5, 1948, he married the love of his life, LaRae Hatton in the Logan LDS Temple. Together they reared seven children.

Survived by his wife, LaRae, children, Linda (Mike) Weighall, Bakersfield, CA; Joel (Kathy) Adams, St. George; Ken (Elaine) Adams, Sandy; Jill (Larry) Burnett, Mesa, AZ; Chris (Barney) Olsen, Cottonwood Heights; Janice (Kent) Griffiths, Lawrenceville, GA; and son-in-law Larry (Kathy) Pease, Salt Lake City, as well as 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Also survived by siblings, Florence Sommers, Riverside UT ; Juanita Howell, Santa Clara, CA; Dean (Joyce) Adams, Bountiful; Reed (Verlyn) Adams, Tremonton; Grant Adams, Garland; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Adams, Yuma, AZ. Preceded in death by daughter, Carol Pease, granddaughters, Ashley Pease and Eleisha Griffiths, brothers, Golden and Eldon Adams, and sister, Lucille Walters.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 22, at 12:00 noon in the Hyrum 5th Ward Chapel, 90 West Main Street. Friends and family may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center Street in Logan, and from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at the Hyrum 5th Ward Chapel on Saturday. Interment will be in the Hyrum City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.allenmortuaries.net.

The family wishes to express deepest gratitude to medical care providers and friends and neighbors who have and continue to go above and beyond the call to care for and serve our parents and grandparents.