John “Ted” Edwards James, 84, passed away July 2, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born February 7, 1937 in Lehi, Utah to Arthur Edward James and Nona Gertrud Anderson James.
Ted graduated from East High School, where he subsequently taught, then attended the University of Utah graduating with a BA and MA. He taught High School in the Salt Lake City School District for four decades. His favorite subjects were Biology, Russian, Math, Psychology and Sociology. He taught at various schools, but was proud to end his career at his alma mater East High School.
Ted was an Amateur “Ham” Radio operator and won awards from the America Radio Relay League for contacting over 300 countries. He loved motorcycles, bodybuilding, photography and journaling. Ted was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes at the age of 22, he used body-building as part of his treatment, but ultimately the disease took most of his eyesight. He persisted, as best he could and still enjoyed videography and photography. He spent the last ten years of his life editing and documenting his family's history.
Ted married Karen Overlade on June 7, 1962 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They had four children, but later divorced. Ten years later he had another child with Irma Noriega.
He is survived by his children: Arthur “Jimmy” James, Joseph E James, Leslie E (Katie) James, Cynthia L. James and Anela Noriega, Grandchildren: Kerry Floyd, Isabelle and Madison James. Brother Gregory A (Sandra) James, and his two lifelong friends, Cal and Jerry. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandchildren Randy C Moyer and David L James.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Foothill 1st Ward. 1930 S. 2100 East, Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held from 9:45-10:45 AM at the church prior to the services. Burial will be in the American Fork City Cemetery. Please share a memory on Ted’s Tribute Wall.