James "Jim" Atkinson

January 13, 1973 ~ September 27, 2020


Oct. 10, 2020
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM
2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
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    Oct. 10, 2020
    10:30 AM
    2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
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  • Jim was born in Salt Lake City on the 13th of January 1973. He passed away on the 27th of September 2020 at the age of 47. He was also known as Jim Pugh or Jim Trane. He was adopted by Dennis and Patricia Pugh who were later divorced. Dennis remarried to Phyllis Laterza and had 3 more children - Kristene, Christopher, and Bradley. Patricia had a son Scott and then remarried to Don Trane who had 2 of his own children - Gar and Nic. Later in life Jim found his birth parents Susan Slattery and George Morris, Susan has two children - Haverley and Gabriel.

    Jim was married in 1993 to Denise Davenport and they later divorced, together they had two children, Brayd and Ahlia.

    Jim was very industrious and liked to build and work on things. He worked at Boeing and was self-employed with his own companies - Jim Atkinson Painting and Big Daddy Trucking. He was also a great mechanic and welder.

    Jim enjoyed helping others, he was hard working until later in his life when he was diagnosed with Systemic Scleroderma, in about 2011. The disease caused him to lose much of his mobility, especially in his hands, but he continued to help people with his vast knowledge. In his later years while living with his disease he also battled with addiction.

    Jim was Preceded in death by his Dad Dennis Pugh, Grandparents Wally and Myrla Atkinson, who all loved him dearly, and other family.

    A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 beginning at 10:30 AM at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 East 1300 South in Salt Lake City. Inurnment to follow the services at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Social distancing and masks will be required.


    We are so sorry for your loss. I am a cousin through the Atkinson side. He and I and one other boy were the only ones my age in a whole slew of cousins! It is so great to hear of his accomplishments and successes. Sending our prayers your way! May our Heavenly Father comfort you and your family in these difficult times. I'm sure he is on the other side catching up with family! Much love and condolences from our family to yours.

    - Jacki
    Jim was my first love my childhood sweetheart. We spent 4 years together. I was happy to get to know him again in the last few years. His struggles were hard. I am so glad he's not in pain and has gone with our father in heaven. I am so sorry for the families loss. He talked fondly of his children constantly and his wish was to live closer to them. Rip Jim you will be missed.

    - Audrey Averett
    Jim was a great guy always helping people he will be missed take care my friend untill we meet again keep them gears a shift big daddy

    - Travis turley