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James Winegar

James Stoddard Winegar

Monday, September 21st, 1936 - Sunday, October 18th, 2020
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James Stoddard Winegar was born into a loving home on September 21, 1936 in Preston, Idaho to Lulo Hancey and Glen Stoddard Winegar. The second of four boys and two sisters, his family lived the majority of his young life in Salt Lake City. Jim was ever curious and inquisitive as a child and throughout his lifetime. He took great pains to understand the people and places around him. Possessed with a keen memory for details he could recall the minutae of people’s lives - a gift he dazzled all with throughout his life.

He created a following of people around him through his vibrant personality and boundless energy. He possessed a demeanor that put others at ease, creating simple bonds of trust. This was a trait that started early with his many, many friends at South High School including the love of his life, Brenda Parcell. He and Brenda continued their relationship long distance while Jim served voluntary missionary service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Western Samoa from 1956-1958. Shortly after his return they married and established their home in Salt Lake City where their first four children were born: Stephen James, Angela (Bussio), Kristen (Sorensen) and Eric Parcell.

Jim would hold an array of executive positions and ventures across several areas of focus during his long professional career: from pharmaceuticals to aerospace technology and composites, to cosmetics. No matter the product or process, he had an ability to communicate and market to great effect.

As a child and young adult, Jim took a great interest in medicine and got his first job at age 16 as an orderly at the Salt Lake City County Hospital. This early exposure to medicine would lead to a lasting attraction to medical science. His first real job was in pharmaceutical sales and led to a 20-year executive career with the William H. Roher Company (now a part of Rhone-Poulenc SA) covering a large territory across the United States. His extensive travels gave him a great knowledge of the country, regional flairs and varied cuisines. He and Brenda moved to Denver, CO where their fifth child, Warren Stoddard, was born. Later they moved to Danville, CA where their sixth and final child, Rebecca, was born.

In 1980, Jim joined his best friend and brother-in-law Larry Ashton in developing and growing a highly technical composites company, Fibertec and later Ashton Engineering, in Provo, UT. Together, they were an amazing team of technological innovation from Larry, and business and marketing savvy from Jim. Their collaboration lasted for 47 years – to the very end of each of their lives – with Jim continuing some of Larry’s ideas until only a few weeks ago. Theirs was an irreplaceable bond of brotherhood that was a defining element of his life.

In 1986, Jim took an opportunity to introduce an innovative new medical device for a company based in Rochester, NY. This full change of venue and lifestyle - from West to East Coast - added a richness to his family’s life and relationships.

Jim later would lend his marketing expertise to many different companies and individuals through his consultancy business that continued until September 2020. His clients and contracts took him around the world: from Australia to Japan, from China to the United Kingdom, and beyond.

After his family, his second great love was the paradisical island nation of Western Samoa. This love was developed during his missionary service but became a permanent part of his being. He proved adept with the Samoan language and customs. So much so that he was considered a native son. He loved nothing more than finding Samoans throughout the world and start speaking to them. When they asked how he learned Samoan, there was always a wise crack, like, “I took an internet class”. But then he would wow them with colloquialisms that proved this statement wrong. The element of surprise always delighted him.

He was fortunate to have had all six of his children and many of his grandchildren go with him to experience Samoa in “Simi-style”. He seemed to know everyone and everything on the island.

Starting in the late 1980s, Jim and some former missionary friends desired to find ways to give back to Samoa and help their economy, as well as preserve some of the natural and historic beauties of the country. This led to two major collaborative projects which Jim spearheaded and nursed along. First was the establishment of the Falealupo Rainforest Preservation area, the largest conservation effort ever undertaken in Samoan history. This preserved 30,000 acres of pristine habitat for rare native wildlife, medicinal plants and ecological wonders.

Second was the restoration of Villa Vailima, the home and grave site of the famed late 19th Century author Robert Louis Stevenson. This was a tremendous undertaking that involved engagement from the Prime Minister to High Chiefs in accomplishing a full and complete restoration of the magnificent 1890s home. Along with his great friend Tilafaiga Rex Maughan and many others, this endeavor led to a lasting monument of their love of the country and people, as the house became The RLS Museum. Jim served as its President from 1994 and made multiple trips there each year.

Jim became a “Stevensonphile” and thrust himself into a universe filled with diverse and interesting characters. Finally, his inner poet found an outlet! Within this sphere, Jim was referred to as Tusitala, the story-teller, which was the same Samoan title given to Robert Louis Stevenson in his lifetime.

Later in life, he and Brenda combined their skill sets, along with their daughter Becca, and offered voluntary humanitarian service through a multi-year plan of targeted visits to Samoa, to establish support and education programs for the disabled. This was something that was new and innovative to the country, with a goal of giving family support and structure. Jim provided the translation while Brenda and Becca brought the heart and soul of the effort. His love of children, playful approach and expert teasing gave body to this wonderful combination of his and Brenda’s talents and vast experiences.

The real Jim is a story of tremendous capacity as a caring and compassionate friend. Anyone who had the fortune of knowing him knew they could count on him. He met you where you were and knew how to show caring and tell you what you needed to hear, even if the truth might sting. He was always quick to lend an ear, offer his time, dispense pearls of wisdom, and color it all with wit, humor and heart. He was engaged and engaging with people, causes and concerns all around him. These moments also allowed for him to tell a story, or two, along the way. His gift of gab was animated by his facial and physical gestures and his infectious laugh.

Decades of service to his church, local and global communities brought the Pastor’s heart to all his efforts. Whether he was the Bishop of a large student ward, teaching Sunday School or in the nursery with little children, he brought the same energy and love to the effort. He learned from his parents how to serve and took service seriously in all of its forms. His testimony of Jesus Christ was unwavering, and his life was proof of this by his actions and words.

He established a strong family culture of fun, jokes, proper grammar, music, and great food. He and Brenda had a “Big Tent” approach to people in all their shapes, sizes, troubles and glories. There were always extra folks around the house. Sunday dinners provided time for family - and those who felt like family - to come together, eat, discuss and laugh.

One of the greatest legacies that he and Larry Ashton left to all their posterity was the nearly annual summer tradition of Beach House – a week in Newport Beach of sun-kissed loud laughter that defined all their childhoods and created the most exciting family memories.

Jim usually was the master of ceremonies at any event he attended. His favorite holiday was really April Fool’s Day as any close to him can attest with a story or two. As an official card-carrying surrogate of Santa Claus himself, Jim startled many households with the brief sound of jingle bells before barging in on unsuspecting family Christmas Eve activities over more than five decades. But it was always to their delight – especially by year three – when they realized he was just going to keep coming back . . .

While his last several months were not easy or comfortable, Jim showed his family and friends once again how to make his exit with grace and kindness. His final month of life found the great communicator unable to speak as a consequence of myasthenia gravis, brought on by his immunotherapy treatment. However, he never lost his personality. The jokes kept coming as did his personal interest in his medical and nursing staff - engaging with them how ever he could. One day, he reminded everyone, “I don’t know when the final hour will come, but I know that I will be here until end!”

He also chose to focus on two Samoan words: Filemu, which means peace, and Lototele, which is courage. These guided his mental state and established his mindset. His last four days of life – finally released from more than three weeks in the hospital – were at home. Surrounded by loved ones, he continued to offer personal expressions of love. Even in this state, he met people where they were and knew how they needed to be treated. He was a man at peace with his condition and prepared to meet his God. One can only imagine what a grand welcoming party he is MC-ing right now, with those who have preceded him.

He is survived by his wife Brenda Parcell Winegar and all of his children along with his siblings Glen Robert Winegar (Miriam) of Salt Lake City, Paul Wynn Winegar (Ethel) of Atlanta, GA, Penny Winegar Smith of Houston, TX, Laurie Winegar Thomsen (Mark) and Carroll Winegar (Fred) of Salt Lake City. Jim and Brenda have 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several on the way. He is pre-deceased by his parents, his brother Fred, and his two oldest grandsons James Joseph Winegar and Anthony Vincent Bussio.
Graveside service will be held at Eastlawn cemetery Friday, October 23rd at 12:00pm
Graveside services will be available to VIEW ONLY online at Saturday Morning at 10a.m.
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    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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Joseph Farrell

Posted at 01:47pm
I got to know Jim last year in Samoa, where I went to take part in the Robert Louis Stevenson celebrations. I had written a book on RLS in Samoa, and Jim and I had corresponded by email. He came to meet us when we arrived, and I was immediately struck by his kindness of manner. Over the next couple of days, I was even more impressed by his generosity of heart to everyone, by an enthusiasm which belied his years and by his dedication to Vailima and to Samoans. I do not know how often he had visited the islands, but he was still brimming with fresh ideas, including an initiative to provide a forum for young poets. I had hoped that we would be able to develop our friendship, but I shall maintain a memory of an open-hearted, highly likeable man of total integrity. He will be missed in many countries.

regrettably late in hi slife,

Shad Driggs

Posted at 02:31am
I got to work with Jim during his stint with Greg Newell at BeautiControl Cosmetics, in Dallas, TX. Though I was many years his junior, he treated me as an equal colleague. I came to love his sense of humor during our many dinners and trips to Taiwan together. His jokes, stories, and malaprops - many at his own expense - were legendary and we loved having him on the team. One never knew where a story might start or end. One of my favorite was about the time he accidentally drove through the garage door at home leaving the profile of a car in the mess. But he would start the story with, "There was a big storm in Samoa," then include in the story a Santa suit, boots that were too big, and a ward party.
He spoke often and lovingly of his family whom I never got to meet.
I have missed my association with Jim over the last twenty years. The short time we worked together made an imprint on my life. I know he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. My condolances to the family.

Paul Alan Cox

Posted at 05:14pm
Jim was the real deal, 'o le mea moni, in Samoan parlance. He had a great love and understanding of the Samoan people, and was instrumental in helping to establish the Falealupo Rain Forest preserve in Savaii island. He also had a tremendous amount of fun, and is one of the few people honored by having a guest fale named after him at Aggie Grey's hotel.
What Jim accomplished in renovating the former Robert Louis Stevenson home in Vailima, Samoa, together with his dear friend Rex Maughan, has set an example for the entire church for service to a county by returned missionaries. His careful and respectful work the Samoan government will bless the church for many years in those beautiful islands He will be deeply missed by those of us who have the privilege of once serving in Samoa and knowing Jim throughout the years. Rest in peace, dear Jim.
Paul Alan Cox

Rhonda Krause and family

Posted at 01:06pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Jim was a blessing to RLSM.
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Blanca A. Rivers

Posted at 11:49am
Our warmest condolences, Jim was always kind with me as I helped out with the RLS Museum accounting. Our love and prayers are with you.
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