In Memory

James Hyrum Ingebretsen

James Hyrum Ingebretsen "Jimbo" James Hyrum Ingebretsen died peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, December 23, 2007 from pneumonia while fighting a courageous battle against a brain tumor. He was born December 1, 1950 in Salt Lake City, son of Robert and Mary Ingebretsen. He was graduated from East High School in 1969, attended radio broadcasting school, and then the University of Utah. He owned and operated his own ice cream store and for the past 16 years worked at LDS Hospital. He is survived by 5 siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends. The funeral will be Friday, December 28th at 12 noon at the Emigration 4th Ward Chapel located at 18th Avenue and Hilltop Road. There will be a get-together for friends and family on Thursday, December 27th from 68 pm at Larkin Mortuary, located at 260 East South Temple and again Friday morning at the ward one hour prior to the services. Jim was simply the kindest and warmest person on earth. He blessed every life that was fortunate enough to meet him. We thank his physicians, nurses and technicians who took such marvelous care of him in the last days of his life.

 



 
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06/23/09 11:07 PM #1    

Nancy Holt (Monson)

This was from the Deseret News Archives.

Obituary: James Hyrum Ingebretsen

James Hyrum Ingebretsen "Jimbo" James Hyrum Ingebretsen died peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, December 23, 2007 from pneumonia while fighting a courageous battle against a brain tumor. He was born December 1, 1950 in Salt Lake City, son of Robert and Mary Ingebretsen. He was graduated from East High School in 1969, attended radio broadcasting school, and then the University of Utah. He owned and operated his own ice cream store and for the past 16 years worked at LDS Hospital. He is survived by 5 siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends. The funeral will be Friday, December 28th at 12 noon at the Emigration 4th Ward Chapel located at 18th Avenue and Hilltop Road. There will be a get-together for friends and family on Thursday, December 27th from 68 pm at Larkin Mortuary, located at 260 East South Temple and again Friday morning at the ward one hour prior to the services. Jim was simply the kindest and warmest person on earth. He blessed every life that was fortunate enough to meet him. We thank his physicians, nurses and technicians who took such marvelous care of him in the last days of his life.


06/30/09 09:10 AM #2    

Holly Williams (Schelin)

THIS IS FROM JAMES' FAMILY -

After High School graduation Jim worked with our dad in his business in charge of inventory. After Dad's death Jim continued to work for Dad's partner at Modern Equipment Co. After several years there he went to work for Rich in the Physics lab at the "U". Jim helped our brother Richard with lab work until he fell off a ladder and broke his back in three places.

Jim then went to work for Deseret Book in their warehouse. He was there until we bought a Neilson's Frozen Custard franchise in the late 1980's.

We first opened it in the University Mall in Provo. Jim was listed as the owner and loved it dearly. A couple of years later, we bought property out on 7200 South and 2300 East and built a freestanding building for the franchise. Jim worked there every day and did a great job with it.

He started at L.D.S. Hospital soon after ( 1992) where he worked as a messenger for almost 16 years.

You have to know Jimbo to realize what a truly incredible man he became. He has friends everywhere. To this day I can't go in a 7/11, a gas station, a restaurant, Top Stop, fast food place that the people don't remember Jimbo and want to talk about how he changed their lives. He didn't have a mean bone in his body. He had a heart the size of Texas and he loved everybody.

In February of 2007 he was diagnosed with a Glio Blastoma Multiforma the worst form of brain cancer. It is always fatal and always very fast. He went through chemo and radiation, but there was very little change. His tumor was inoperable so there wasn't much more to be done. He very quickly lost use of most of his left side which meant his walking was extremely difficult, he had no use of his left arm and hand and his speech was slurred. It made him drool out of the left side of his mouth which was embarrassing for him.

He continued to be active. We were always taking him to Cowboy Grub for dinner. He loved that place. Right up to the end he went to church every Sunday.

We celebrated his 57th birthday at "The Grub" on Dec 1st. The whole gang came - about 40 people. They went bowling first then to dinner. Jim couldn't bowl, but had fun. The middle of December Jim began having trouble breathing. Rich took him to L.D.S Hospital in an ambulance and he was put into Medical ICU. He deteriorated quickly and on the 23rd of Dec. he was in a deep come and not doing well. He had pnumonia with a MRSA infection in his lungs. The decision was made to withdraw life support. He died peacefully almost immediately.

The main thing about Jim and the thing he was best known for was best known for was his true love of all sports. He could quote stats for any team, any league and any sport you could name with few exceptions. He had baseball caps from every sport and every team around. We put most of them in his casket with him.

He loved his Heavenly Father and attended the Temple as often as he could.

Richard said of him, "He was simply the warmest human being on the face of the Earth." And he was.

Sorry to go on so much, but Jim was quite a man. I just want his classmates to know how wonderful he really was.
-SUSAN INGEBRETSEN, sister

08/02/09 12:32 PM #3    

Terry Spinks

I remember Jamie as I called him as a warm and friendly guy. He would always come up to me in the hall at school and say hi. He was the first person to come up and say hi to me at our 10th year reunion. He was a cool guy.

08/25/09 02:46 PM #4    

Jon Holbrook

I, too, feel very saddened about Jamie's passing. We were friends since we both attended Ensign Elementary School and the old Ensign 4th Ward. He was very kind and considerate of other people.
Sincerely, Jon B. Holbrook

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