Jim Larkin

May 25, 1941 ~ November 11, 2020

If those whose lives we touch throughout our own journey are a reflection of the love we share, then Jim was indeed an incredible man. He traveled with many as they mourned a death… he provided guidance and direction through his judging of figure skating… his leadership in business and non-profit boards was pivotal… he always made friends wherever life took him. Even as Alzheimer’s took away his ability to communicate, his spirit continued impacting people around him for good. In death he became a statistic, one of over a quarter million lives which have been lost to COVID-19 in the United States.

Alma James (Jim) Larkin, III was born May 25, 1941 to Lucille Anderson and Alma James (Jay) Larkin, Jr. in Salt Lake. Married Alice Marie Pinborough on June 5, 1964 also in Salt Lake. Jim died November 11, 2020 in Sandy, set free to golf, ski, fish, ice skate, and dance once again.

Preceded in death by granddaughter, Rylee, Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Alice; sons, Vince (Ray) of Seattle, Jayson (Tiphany) of Draper; grandson, Dylan; brother, Lane (Joan) of Sandy; along with many other family members and close friends. We would like to thank the staff at Alta Ridge Memory Care in particular Jenn Kilpatrick who stood in for our family while this virus kept us from his bedside.

We will gather to celebrate his life once it is safe for more than a few people to get together. Until that time we would appreciate you sharing memories of Jim directly through email or on his online obituary at www.LarkinMortuary.com.

Remembrances in his name may be made to the Assistance League of Salt Lake (www.alslc.org) or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).


Alice, we were saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Besides growing up just down the street from Jim on 20th East, Cathy and I enjoyed living near you and in the same Butler 1st Ward for many years. We enjoyed seeing your boys grow up here also. It was fun talking to Jim about those who lived in the Monument Park 2nd Ward and seeing him at several funerals of people we grew up with. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories you had together.

- Jeff and Cathy Stevens
So very sorry for your loss. I shall never forget the kindness and friendship Jim showed upon my fathers passing. Our weekly lunches were always uplifted by His presence. Jim will surely be missed by many. Laszlo

- László Preysz
Dear Alice and Family, Please accept our condolence and sympathy with the passing of Jim. We have fond memories of the Larkin Family. Growing up in the funeral industry we had many occasions to visit and spend time with Jim either at the mortuary or conventions. He leaves behind a great family legacy. Sincerely, James R Allen Family Logan, Utah

- Allen Mortuaries
So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. My father worked with Jim at Larkins for many years. From the Allen family in Logan we send our love and condolences to your family The Jim Allen Family

- Jason Allen
I'm very sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of him. I'm glad he is at peace. Please take care of each other to help the pain. With love, Julie Tapp

- Julie Tapp
Jim and I skated at Hygeia Iceland from 9th grade through high school. We were a merry group: Babs Baker, Anne Middleton, several others whose names are gone now....but the most wonderful memory I have is going to the Pacific Coast Championships with this group. We went on the train and met Jim and his dad in - I think it was Los Angeles. He drove us around in either the hearse or the car that follows the hearse: 5 or 6 of us, all in Ninth or Tenth grade, almost all of us competing in one junior class or another (I went along to clean skates....I didn't want to miss the fun). Many years later, we found ourselves in Sun Valley. Jim asked me to dance with him, and I felt so very fancy doing the American Walz with him. He was so good! My Salt Lake pals did not know I knew h ow to do this stuff. They were most impressed. Lord, we had such fun!

- Terrell Harris Dougan
Alice - We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He always had a smile on his face and was good to everyone. We enjoyed your visits when we lived in Washington. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Brent & Marge

- Marge Trimble
Jim was one of my favorite friends in jr. and senior high school. He was always happy and a great communicator. I remember seeing him in San Francisco while on my honeymoon. We had a wonderful time. Condolences to Alice and family.

- Sheila Penrose
I met Jim earlier this year when I started working at Alta Ridge Memory Care and was drawn to his cheerful disposition and firm grip, which was quite hard to get out of. He loved when I would dance with him, my dog, Zoey, balloons, hugs and especially Jen Kilpatrick. He will be missed by all here. Many blessings.✨ 💞

- Jonel Iott Jones
I’m so saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. A memory I would like to share: as a sales representative for the convention bureau I went with Jim and Alice to Hyannis to bid on the US Figure Skating Finals to come to The Salt Palace in Salt Lake. I spent time with them the evening before the bidding process. I remember most all of that conversation. I had recently lost my husband Ron Bleazard. Jim officiated through that process and I don’t know what I would have done without his care and gentle presence. Our conversation that evening consisted of not only planning our bid presentation, but Jim and Alice giving me such sound advise. They knew I was muddling through the grieving process. I will always remember their words of kindness and encouragement. Oh, and Jim was successful in securing the Finals for Salt Lake. He did a bang up presentation! To the Larkin family I offer my sincere condolences. What a wonderful, wonderful husband, father and grandfather you have.

- Kathy Bleazard Card
We were so sad to read about Jim's passing. It sounds like he went through the worst to get out of this existence. We have so many wonderful memories of the family there on Westminster Ave. (By the way, our house has been re-done and is now two stories high.) We wish we could talk with all of you. If you ever have time, we are at (801) 581-1396. We are just very old! I have thought about Jim when he told me that he had never done a funeral for a "BAD" person. Thank you for being wonderful neighbors. Janet Griffin and Paul too!

- Paul and Janet Griffin
I'm sorry to hear that Jim's journey on this earth has ended. He had a very involved life affecting many others. My best wishes to the entire Larkin family.

- Bill Larkin
I'm very sorry to learn of Jim's passing. I was fortunate to play golf with Jim for a number of years, as well as having him as a guest presenter in my gerontology classes at the University of Utah. He seemed to really enjoy interacting with my students. I appreciated his friendship.

- Bruce Rigby
We enjoyed our visits with Jim whenever he visited Vince in Seattle. We have fond memories of his wonderful demeanor and great sense of humor. One of note is when we were teasing him about how he was tracking his flight using his stop watch which lead to "no wonder you're a figure skating judge". He had a meticulous way about him and was such a gracious and loving man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Jim's family during this difficult time and we look forward to giving you big hugs when we are able to. Stay well.

- Helen & Laura
On a cold day in November Jimmy’s dad asked if he wanted to go across the street to see Dr. Cannon’s new baby. Jim was only 5 yrs old and didn’t have much interest in babies but he went anyway. That was when I met the amazing Jimmy Larkin for the first time and that began a lifetime friendship. Jim was always there when you needed a good laugh or just a good friend to listen.....always. My heart goes out to his wonderful family, Alice, Vince, Jayson and his brother Lane. Louise Cannon

- Louise Cannin
I was so surprised and so sorry to see that Jim passed away. I will always remember Jim's smile and what a great man he was. My condolences to Jim's family and you can be proud of him as he contributed a lot to our community and lives.

- Al Heitman
I'm sorry to hear of this, my thoughts and prayers are with each of you - "the Larkin Family" As a teenager, growing up and living in the mortuary on South Temple and later working in the business, Jim always treated me with kindness and respect. We often talked about cars and the things I enjoyed doing. "Jimmy" - as my mother always called him, use to be so helpful and caring to her over all the years. God bless all that are saddened by Jim's passing.

- Scott G Foulger
So sorry about Jim's passing. My prayers are with the family. love all of you

- Jane Larkin Fischer
What a beautiful tribute to your father. He was a very kind and loving man. This I know from the short amount of time we had to know him. We offer our sincere sympathy to your family.

- Mark and Bunny Neuenschwander
He was more than a fixture in Salt Lake City, he was a kind man that grew more compassionate all those around him with each passing day. May he have taken a heart of gold to heaven. My condolences to Vince and his family.

- Thomas Joel