Jim Kelly
1933 - 2021
Jim Daniel Kelly

1933 - 2021

Bountiful, UT—It is with sadness, yet gratitude for a life well-lived, that we announce the passing of Jim Kelly at his home in Bountiful on Sunday night.

Jim was a singular person. Born on December 21, 1933, he spent his early life as a cowboy on a cattle ranch on the plains of North Dakota. Struggling for a short time with alcoholism, he would eventually end up on Ogden's 25th street as, in his own words, "basically a bum." Eventually sobering up with the help of AA, the cowboy traded his horse for a sailboat and dedicated his career to helping others dealing with substance abuse. Through his work directing Davis County Mental Health's drug and alcohol division, as well as the drug court program, Jim was able to help hundreds of people turn their lives around.

Jim was known for his strong, calm presence, fondness for sailing, a deep and abiding love of hamburgers, and for his animated morning conversations with the pet cats. He is survived by his wife, Lynne Kelly; five stepsons Josh, Gid, Gabe, Logan, and Adam Mickel, who loved him as a father; and four grandchildren. Memorial service will be held Nov. 13, 11:00 AM, 1800 Mueller Park Road LDS chapel. Thank you for everything, Jim.
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 5 to Nov. 9, 2021.
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Memorial service
1800 Mueller Park Road LDS chapel
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Jim was my boss for ten years. He was a good man with a kind heart,and cared for all of those he helped. He will be missed.
Robbin muir
November 11, 2021
Jim´s calm and quiet way and pure love for all people is what I loved about him. He personally helped my loved one with addictive behaviors. I will miss Jim. I have been blessed by witnessing the beautiful example of love between him and Lynne. Bless your family and thanks for sharing love with all of us.
Jill Allsop
November 10, 2021
Jim was alway so confident in his kindness and acceptance of others. I'm grateful to him for being an amazing member of my extended family and a stabilizing force for so many people who he helped.
Steve Bedinger
November 10, 2021
Dear Kelly, sending my deepest condolence to the family may you take comfort in knowing that your loved one is at peace and remembered by our heavenly father.
November 6, 2021
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