James Todd Wankier, 66, unexpectedly passed away in his home in West Jordan, Utah, on January 26, 2020. Jim was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on September 19, 1953, to Udell A. Wankier and Elma Larson Wankier. He had a happy childhood, being raised in the small town of Copperton, Utah, at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains. A natural athlete, he excelled in basketball, football, and baseball. He graduated from Brighton High School and attended the University of Utah.
In 1981, he met and married the love of his life, Nancy Paulette Barrett. The marriage was later solemnized in the Jordan River Temple. Together, they raised three children, Michelle (Brent) Terry, Jamie (Casey) Sullivan, and Andrew Wankier. Jim's marriage to Nancy was his shining light, and his love poems will forever serve as testament to his undying love and dedication. As Jim worked the oil and gas industry, he raised his family all across the American West. He possessed a cowboy spirit and a love for the outdoors, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and camping. He was a history lover and an avid reader. His basics of life were simple; he never demanded much and only wanted to spend time with his family - his proudest accomplishment. Jim absolutely adored his grandchildren, James, Maddie, Roxy, Jack, Max, and Russell. His goofy humor and infectious smile will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Jim is survived by his siblings, Lynne (Jim) Thomas, Douglas Wankier, Kaye Wankier, Steven (Josie) Wankier, and Jeff (Jill) Wankier. Preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Jett.
Although gone too soon, Jim died next to the person he loved the most, and in the home he worked his life to build. He died happy, knowing he was loved.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Fox Point Ward, 1465 W. Bristol Ridge Rd (8420 South), West Jordan Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30 - 10:45 am. Internment, Redwood Memorial.