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.