Hoffman,  James Casper

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James Casper Hoffman 1931 - 2021 Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather James C. Hoffman, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 3, 2021, in Provo, Utah. Jim was born on February 27, 1931, to Edward Hoffman and Lillian Andersen Hoffman in Logan, Utah, the last of five children. He spent his early years on the family farm in Lewiston, Utah. When Jim was 8 years old, they moved to their home in Logan, Utah, which was built by Jim's father, Edward. Jim's mother, Lillian, taught him the value of a good education and told him he could accomplish anything he put his mind to. Later in life, Jim said he had a very happy childhood and that helped him through his many challenges in life. Jim was active in church and Boy Scouts as a young man, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at age 13. During his high school and university years, Jim successfully competed in speech and debate, journalism, drama, ROTC drill team, and scholastics. In high school, he won the Utah state high school speech tournament for Extemporaneous Speaking. He was also a member of many social clubs. He loved people and he loved learning, working hard, and setting high goals. Jim was the Valedictorian at Logan High School in 1949. He was also the Valedictorian at Utah State Agricultural College (now known as Utah State University) in 1955, majoring in business administration. From 1951 to 1953, Jim interrupted his college work to be a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in New York City. Jim met his sweetheart, Jenay Austin, in September 1953 in the basement of Old Main on the Utah State campus. It was love at first sight. She later said there was a glowing "aura" about him. He later said that at that moment he knew he was going to marry her, but didn't tell her. They started dating, and subsequently were "pinned" (going steady) in a Delta Phi ceremony reported in the local newspaper. Jim proposed to Jenay at the "This is the Place" monument in early April 1954, and they were married in the Logan LDS Temple on May 27, 1954. Shortly after Jim graduated from college in 1955, their first son, James, Jr., was born. Jim served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps beginning in July 1955, received his officer training at Fort Lee, Virginia, then served 2 years at the Auburn Depot in the state of Washington, where their second son, C. Edward, was born in 1956. Jim eventually attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army. After attending Law School at Stanford University from 1957 to 1960, Jim practiced law for the next 60 years, first in Palo Alto, and then in Cupertino, California. His practice areas included corporate and real estate law, construction law and estate planning. He also became involved in real estate investment. During this time, Jim and Jenay had four more children, Paul, Curtis, Jeanette, and William, while they lived in the Stanford Village, Menlo Park, and Los Altos Hills during the 1960s. They moved to their home in Cupertino, California, in 1972, remaining there for 48 years until August 2020. Jim actively participated throughout his life in the Church, and served faithfully in various callings, including stake mission presidency counselor, bishopric counselor, seminary teacher, and temple worker. Each of his six children have followed his good example by serving full-time missions for the Church and by remaining actively involved in their local congregations. Jim is remembered fondly by each of his children as a caring and compassionate father. He was generous to anyone needing help, even taking in relatives or friends who needed a temporary place to live. None of Jim's children can remember him losing his temper. He always remained calm even when faced with difficult challenges. He was a great example of love for family, faith, and freedom. He will be dearly missed. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lillian Andersen Hoffman; his brothers Howard, Don, and Grant; his sister, Kathryn Hoffman Powell; his son, James C. Hoffman, Jr. and his wife, Shannon Mann Hoffman; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Hoffman. He is survived by his wife, Jenay Austin Hoffman, five of his children and their spouses, C. Edward Hoffman (Joy); Paul A. Hoffman (Cindy); Curtis B. Hoffman (Elizabeth); Jeanette L. Fife (Leslie); William M. Hoffman (Cherilyn); 26 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. The family is grateful to the caregivers at Legacy Village in Provo and Yarrow Hospice and Palliative Care for their compassionate service to Jim before his passing. A viewing will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E. 400 North, Logan, Utah, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Due to COVID restrictions, in-person attendance at the viewing and funeral services are for family members only. Interment at Logan Cemetery. For full obituary and links to view the funeral service online go to www.nelsonfuneralhome.com .

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