George Alton James, 87, of Farmington, returned to his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Albuquerque. He was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Toadlena, to Emer and Adah Currillie James.
Alton served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Central States Mission from 1947 to 1950. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1951 to October 1953. Alton graduated from OCS in April 1952 and was assigned to the 64th FABN of the 25th Division in Korea. He was a forward observer on “Harry’s Out Post,” battery executive and then battery commander. Alton worked for El Paso Natural Gas for 30 years as a laboratory chemist and safety inspector. For the next 15 years, he worked as a contract inspector for pipeline and gas plant construction, and hazardous materials clean-up.
Alton served his community all of his life. He served as a scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years. Alton was elected to the Board of Directors of the San Juan County Museum Association. He served for seven years as vice president and another nine years as president. Alton led the museum association in many things, including the purchase of the property containing the Salmon Ruins, obtaining funding from the New Mexico Legislature, passing a bond and establishing the Museum and Research Center as it is known today.
Alton’s daughter, Cheri, preceded him death in 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Myrtle LoRelle Hunter James; son, Rick and wife Retta James; son, David and wife Cindy James; and brother, Arthur and wife Kay James. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Apache Building, 400 W. Apache in Farmington. A service will follow at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Farmington with Bishop Carroll Carter conducting. Interment will follow at the Kirtland-Fruitland Cemetery in Kirtland. Full military honors will be provided by VFW Post No. 2182 of Farmington.
Alton’s care is entrusted to the Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at serenityandcompany.com.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Apr. 29 to May 6, 2016