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James Foust

August 26, 1949 — August 9, 2023


James (Jim) Woodrow Foust, 73, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on August 9th, 2023, in Riverton, Utah, after a brave fight against lung cancer.

Jim was born in Provo, Utah, on the 26th of August, 1949, to Joseph Woodrow (Woody) and Leona Ferne Hanson Foust. He was the youngest of 4 children. Jim was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He met his sweetheart Joan Kay Redding Foust in Salt Lake City and the two were married in Elko, Nevada on January 17th, 1971. Gas was only 52 cents a gallon back then, which they always remembered because they had to dig up some change from the backseat of the car to get home! They began their life together in Bountiful but eventually purchased their first home and moved to West Valley and later moved to their final home in Riverton.

Jim grew up in Bountiful and graduated in 1967 from Bountiful High, where he took State in the 110 High Hurdles. He was always proud to be a Bountiful Brave! He was part of the generation who had to not only walk to school uphill both ways, he had two shirts and only one set of buttons and his favorite toy was a Quaker Oats container which was not only a TV but also a car garage. Or at least that was what he always told his kids.

After high school, Jim joined the Marine Corp. The weekend before he left for basic training he was in an unfortunate accident, which left him in a coma for 21 days. He was honorably discharged from the military. He ended this adventure with a metal plate in his head, which he always claimed was magnetic and tried to get his kids to believe the magnets from the fridge would stick to him. He had to have had more than nine lives because this was one of the many times he cheated death in his 73 years.

To know Jim was to love Jim. He had quite the sense of humor, a big personality and an even bigger heart. He enjoyed talking to everyone and met people everywhere he went, even if it meant his family was bored to tears waiting for him at every boat show, RV show, or home and garden expo they went to. He loved the outdoors. He spent a lot of time throughout his life hunting and even more time boating, camping, and fishing. He even spent a few years as a member of the Lake Powell Yacht Club while the family had a boat docked at the Wahweap Marina. And we can't forget the brief career in extreme kneeboarding... another one of those times he cheated death.

He is survived by his wife of 52 ½ years who he loved so much, Joan; two children and a son-in-law who he was more proud of than he could ever express: Jaime (Sam) Garfield of West Jordan, James (Jimmy) Foust of West Jordan; three beautiful granddaughters, who were the highlight of his life and he adored beyond words: Aleigha, Kaitlin and Haylee Garfield; and one sister, Connie Brushchke. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, JoAnn Foust and Gloria Salter; father and mother in law: Floyd and Beverly Redding; and several furbabies, Bailey, Miley Sue, Muffin, Boots, Sherri Lou and his grand furbabies, Hunter and Jack.

He will be deeply missed by so many. Snowy morning commutes won't be the same without his reminder that "winter driving rules apply" and bad days won't be followed by "today is the first day of the rest of your life." But he definitely wasn't wrong... "Life comes at you fast." Love you more, Dad!

Graveside services will be held on Friday at 11:00am, August 18th, 2023, at Riverton City Cemetery, 1500 West 13200 South,  Riverton, Utah. A viewing will be held Thursday night, August 17th, between 6-8pm at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville, Utah.

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