Bodell Construction CEO Michael J. Bodell and Executive Vice President Michael J. Bodell II, are saddened to announce that their Father, Grandfather and mentor, James Huggard Bodell, 90, passed away on February 13, 2014 at the home of his daughter in Sandy, Utah.
James H. Bodell – 1923 – 2014
In 1972, James founded Bodell Construction Company working with his four sons. Bodell Construction has constructed in excess of $1 billion in industrial and commercial projects throughout the United States and Hawaii. Prominent projects include expansion of the Salt Palace Convention Center; renovation of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building; projects for the University of Utah, Utah State University and BYU Hawaii; as well as multiple power and industrial projects.
James was a decorated veteran of World War II (Pacific Theater) where he served in the 5th US Army Air Force as a dorsal machine gunner for a light-bombardment group. The 5th army was responsible for the defense of Australia, operations in New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, and participated in the occupation of Japan.
James served in many callings and positions in the LDS church, including Bishop (twice), a missionary (Liberia) and Home Teacher.
He leaves behind his loving immediate and extended family numbering over 140 with five more on their way. He is preceded in death by his wife Maydene; parents, brothers, and two grandsons. He is survived by all of his children: Jimae (Bruce) Kenney, Kristine (Ed) Gates, Michael (Roxanne), Mark (Annabel), Pamela (Michael) Hicks, Timothy (Ivy), Daniel (Polly) and Dixie (Dale) McCorvey, 31 grandchildren and 65 great grandchildren.