ST. GEORGE — James "Jimmy" McGeehan, 81, died April 22 in the presence of his wife and close family.
McGeehan was born Dec. 1 in Leadville, Colo., to William Henry McGeehan and Angelina Formalo. He attended Saint Mary School and Leadville High School. He also was an altar boy at Annunciation Church.
McGeehan enlisted in the military before his senior year of high school and spent three years in Japan during the Korean War.
He married Jeri Webster in the Annunciation Church.
When the children were young, the family moved to Salt Lake City and were members of Saint Patrick Parish, and the children attended Bishop Glass School and Judge Memorial Catholic High School.
After the children left home, McGeehan and his wife moved to St. George.
He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks for 53 years, and a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Honor Guard. He received the Award of Merit for Faithful and Exceptional Services to the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus, and in 2007, he was awarded the Utah State Council Shining Armor Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Works of the Order.
His life will be celebrated May 14 with a rosary at 10 a.m., Mass at 11 a.m. and a reception at noon at Saint George Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers sent to the home, the family requests that they be sent to the church service, or in lieu of flowers, that donations be sent in honor of James McGeehan to the Knights of Columbus, St. George Chapter, St. George Catholic Church. Memories and stories may be posted at facebook.com/jimmy.mcgeehan.