James Arthur Kirkwood
1941 - 2016
{ "" }
Share James's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
1941 ~ 2016
James Arthur Kirkwood, born November 30, 1941 in Belleville Illinois to James Orville and Ella Naomi Kirkwood, died November 6, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by family and friends. Survived by wife, Charlotte, brother, Alan, sons Michael and Ken and 20,000 listeners to his radio show worldwide.
He will be missed.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 13, 2016.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Evans & Early Mortuary
Not sure what to say?
7 entries
November 14, 2016
Happened to find this today and am saddened by his loss. He did my taxes for several years and I will miss his booth at Reams in Taylorsville. Really a nice man. So very sorry to read this. So long Jim, thanks for all your good work.
Cheri Guertler
November 10, 2016
While you're in Heaven could you find my dog "Mustard"? Whaaaaa HAAAAAA! Signed, Timmy
November 10, 2016
I was proud and privileged to have known Jim over the last 40 years. Jim was a rare anomaly in this world who always took himself and others at face value. He worked tirelessly to foster education in both a general and spiritual sense, and not once during a lifetime of knowing him did he ever turn down an opportunity to better himself or those around him. He possessed an unusual intuition about people and acted accordingly. His voice on KTALK radio was a familiar evening ritual and opportunity for listeners of every age to voice their opinions and concerns in a safe and non-judgmental environment. He tirelessly taught the principles of Jewish mystical thought each Sunday night to both Jew and non-Jew with equal concern for his student's welfare and understanding. Jim was a good example humankind and lived his life with an admirable energy, an open heart and mind, and in the absence of any prejudice. His passing was a great loss to the Jewish and greater Salt Lake community and he will be missed by many. May his memory be for a blessing.

Millie Nelsen
November 10, 2016
Jim was a fabulous person, so intelligent and fun to be around. One of those people who would get your mind thinking. Charlotte we are both so sorry for your loss.

Peace be with you, Chris & Cheryl Kierst
cheryl kierst
November 9, 2016
I remember with happiness meeting Jim at Mike Walton's a few years ago during shabbat and the HHD observance. May his memory be a blessing.
Terry Jeffries
November 8, 2016
Jim will truly be missed by myself and many others. He positively impacted people in his personal life, and professionally. He believed in Rabbi Hillel the Elder's What is hateful to you, do not to others; that is the whole of the Torah. All the rest is commentary, go and study it.
Jim was generous enough to share his learning, and always keep his door open to anyone who was willing to study that part of Torah, sod, and to better themselves. That was one of his passions and dedication.
I had the pleasure to know Jim for 25 years, until I relocated to Portland Oregon. Salt Lake City has lost a real mench. May his memory be blessed, and by all who he touched.

Ron Maudsley
Ron Maudsley
November 8, 2016
Jim will be missed by all.
He was the voice of ktalk radio and a
Pioneer in talk radio.
And a good friend to everyone who listened.
I had the pleasure of working with Jim for several
Years and he will be missed.
Todd Larson
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences