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James J. Giolas


1923 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
November 11, 1923 ~ July 30, 2014
James J Giolas passed away July 30, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah of acute renal failure as a result of metastatic prostate cancer. Jim was born November 11, 1923 in Malad, Idaho to James Peter and Annie Shepherd Giolas. A member of the Greatest Generation his children grew up thinking Veterans Day was in celebration of their father who served in the US Navy during WWII. He was the last of 4 surviving plank sailors on the USS Hopewell DD681 and the recipient of 8 Bronze Stars, 1 Silver Star and the Philippines Liberation medal presented by the Philippines. His patriotism was rooted deep and he always bought American and had a hard time riding in the foreign cars of his children. Upon discharge from the Navy, he returned home and married Phyllis "Beth" Murdoch on June 6, 1947 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were married 65 years and he missed her dearly when she passed in 2012. After several moves, they settled into a home on Simpson Avenue where their first child was born. In 1960, they moved to their home in East Mill Creek where they added two more children to their family.
Dad worked as an electrician and trained in commercial refrigeration eventually beginning employment for Pacific Metals. The company was bought and sold over the years. He became the Regional Manager and remained for the next 60 years retiring in 2009 at age 86 from G. A. Larsen. His knowledge of refrigeration was vast, even legendary. Buildings throughout the valley benefited from his expertise. Hard work meant everything to dad. His hobby was work! With a trunk full of tools, which he always had with him, he was prepared to help you fix your A/C, furnace, washing machine, car or anything that was broken. Known as Papa to his grandkids and great grandkids he was full of funny stories (some of which Grams didn't approve of). We will miss him dearly!
Survived by his children Rick (Jane) Giolas, John (Rachael) Giolas and Lisa (Dirk) Anjewierden and his 23 adoring grandchildren and their spouses, 19 great-grandchildren, his sister Helen Covington and his dear friend Dar Beck.
A viewing will be held Sunday evening August 3rd at the East Mill Creek Stake Center 3103 E Craig Drive (3600 South) SLC from 6:30-8 pm. Graveside services will be Monday August 4th at 10 am at the Midway City Cemetery 600 West 500 South Midway, UT.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Samuelson and his staff for their years of care, and also, to his daughter in law Dr. Rachael Stubbs and the staff at Spring Creek Health Care for their loving care of Papa during his final weeks. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinhoopes.com
Published in Deseret News from Aug. 1 to Aug. 3, 2014
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