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James Lorin Knight 1921 ~ 2009 James Lorin Knight, farmer, real estate investor, businessman, died September 7, 2009 in Salt Lake City at the age of 87. Born October 18, 1921 in Delta, Utah, Jim was the sixth of seven children born to Edwin and Nora (Turner) Knight. The family, among Delta's original settlers, farmed alfalfa seed. Jim acquired his work ethic, love of the outdoors and horses while growing up on the farm. He attended Utah State Agricultural College for one year (1939-1940) followed by one year of study at the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City. When the United States entered World War II, Jim eagerly enlisted as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. From 1942 to the end of the war, he flew multiple combat missions as a fighter pilot aboard the USS Essex in the Pacific Theater. After his discharge from the Marines as a First Lieutenant, he married Beth Black of Delta, Utah in 1946. They had six children; Beth passed away in 1963. Jim moved with Beth to Salt Lake City in 1948 and a few years later purchased a turkey poult farm located in the Granite area of Salt Lake County, which was sold about a decade later as a real estate development. This venture launched a lifetime interest buying and selling real estate, most notably the purchase in 1960 of the 16,500 acre Jeremy Ranch, located up Parley's Canyon. Jim introduced a horseback riding business on the ranch known as East Canyon Stables. The riding stables sparked an interest in competitive horse racing, which led to his purchase in 1968 of five registered quarterhorses. Upon selling Jeremy Ranch in 1970, Jim bought a 10 acre stallion breeding and racing farm in Taylorsville known as Winner's Circle that bred the famous "Winken Wayne", one of the top 10 quarterhorse sires in the nation. Through ownership of Winner's Circle, Jim became intrigued by chariot racing culminating in his first place finish at the 1975 World Championship of Chariot Racing in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition to these ventures, Jim owned a nightclub in the 1970's, "The Knight Club," located in the Sugarhouse neighborhood. During the 1980's and 1990's Jim took great pleasure working with his sons at "Knight Brother's Construction." Jim pursued his passion for hunting and fishing with family and friends on the Jeremy Ranch and on several trips to Alaska. He instilled his love of the outdoors on the whole family. Jim was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jim is survived by his companion of 43 years, Jane Laver; sons, Craig (Donna), Steven (Laurel), Roger (Janette), and Douglas (Merrilee); daughters, Kaye Knight and Linda (John) Hulse; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Ray Knight (Las Vegas, Nevada). Friends are invited to join the family for a casual outdoor barbeque in celebration of Jim's life on Saturday, September 19, from 5 to 8 at 4192 South Cumberland Road in Holladay. Online condolences at www.legacy.com. In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to a charity of their choice.

Published in Deseret News from Sept. 17 to Sept. 19, 2009
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