James Clarence Skaggs, 86, while living at Bonnie Bluejacket Nursing Home in Basin, Wyo., left his earthly home on Feb. 1, 2018. His passing was so very peaceful with his wife, Adria, by his side holding his hand. Jim was an only child born in Rawlins, Wyo., on Jan. 15, 1932, to Noah Clarence Skaggs and Verdon Marie VanDevender Skaggs. After high school, during the Korean war, Jim joined the army. He became a tank commander and platoon sergeant while serving. He then met and married Carol LaNea Reese in 1952 and they had six children. (Susan, Julie, Shauna, Mike, Mellisa and Richard); Carol passed away in 1987. He was introduced to Adria Eason Chavis by dear friends, and they married in 1988. Adria had two sons (Sterling and Anthony). Together they have 31 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Jim was many things to many people. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, and cherished friend. He served well in his church as a Ward Mission Leader, Scout Master, Stake High Councilman and served in many other ward positions. He loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and had a strong testi- mony of its truthfulness.
His life’s work included acting and stunt work (Television: “Gunsmoke,” “Death Valley Days,” “Six Million Dollar Man” and more; movies: “Outlaw Josie Wales,” “Dual at Diablo,” “Rough Night in Jericho,” “Brigham Young,” and more). When anyone called him a “movie star” he quickly corrected them, saying “I was not a movie star. I was just an actor!” He was a humble man! He ran a melodrama theater in Kanab, Utah, for 13 years. After moving to Thermopolis, Wyo., in 1994, he started a melodrama that ran for five years. He and Adria then moved to Basin, Wyo., to work as house parents at the Big Horn County Boys Group Home where he was able to help many young men find a better path in life. Jim also worked much of his life in the insurance business, and as county planner. He was always very involved in community service and was a member of the Kiwanis Club.
The most important thing in Jim’s life was his family! He loved all of his children and their families more than they might realize. He also loved his Father in Heaven and his Savior, Jesus Christ. His love and his goodness grew stronger throughout his entire life.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Noah Clarence and Verdon Marie Skaggs and his first wife Carol LaNea Skaggs. He is survived by his wife Adria Skaggs and all of his children: Susan Honey-Utah, Julie Fraser (Jim)-Utah, Shauna Smith (Lary)-Utah, Mike Skaggs (Brenda)-Arizona, Mellisa Motley (Loren)-Texas, Richard Skaggs (Cindy)-Utah, stepson Sterling Chavis-Wyoming, and stepson Anthony Chavis (Kaeti)-Utah.
One of the last things Jim was heard saying very enthusiastically was “GO JAZZ!” He loved his Utah Jazz basketball team!!!!
Basin, Wyoming – Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 (Atwood Family Funeral Directors) Viewing: 10 a.m. at the LDS Church
Funeral: 11 a.m. at the LDS Church
Kanab, Utah – Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, (Mosdell Mortuary)
Graveside Service—11 a.m. at the Kanab City Cemetery.