James Alfred Hoopes was called home unexpectedly on Dec. 28, 2015, in Phoenix.
Lovingly known as Jimmie, he was born on June 22, 1929, in Lyman, Wyo., to Burl O. and Mildred Hoopes. He married the love of his life, Sandi Padgett, legally on May 27, 1975. The marriage was later solemnized in the Logan, Utah, temple on Aug. 4, 1980. Their lives took form in Lyman, where he ran heavy equipment for construction. But his love was shearing sheep, which he pursued for 61 years. He taught all of his children, and then grandchildren how to work hard. His children remember him as a loving, driven and family-oriented man who encouraged them to follow their dreams.
Jimmie was accomplished in shearing sheep and served as vice president and president of the Sheep Shearer’s Union for 26 years. He was the oldest member of the Sheep Shearer’s Union until his death. Shearing sheep was a true passion for Jimmie. Throughout his many years of working sheep, he sheared more than one million collectively, and two million including tagging sheep. He also volunteered his time to shearing sheep for local 4-H participants.
Jimmie was an active member of the LDS Church and a home teacher for 32 years. He never once missed a visit. Jimmie had a love of travel and the outdoors. He taught all of his children and grandchildren to hunt and fish. He would often take them on picnics, a long drive and to hunt rocks.
He is survived by his wife, Sandi Hoopes of Lyman, Wyoming; Children, James D. (Carol) Hoopes, Rick (Debby) Hoopes, Pam (Bob) Brown all of Lyman, Wyoming; Randy (Corrine) Hoopes of Roy, Utah; Kris (Merrill) Stringer of Robertson, Wyoming; Cliff (Dawna) Hoopes of Fort Bridger, Wyoming; and Kari (John) Combs of Queen Creek, Arizona. James is also survived by multiple nieces and nephews as well as his only surviving sister-in-law, Dorothy Livingston of Price, Utah. Additionally, his legacy continues in the hearts of 26 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, and 30 great-great-grandchildren, and his service dog Maggie.
In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank for the Jim Hoopes Memorial Fund to benefit his wife Sandi, as he would have wanted.