Leader Staff Writer
Age is never an excuse for Jim Archibald. At the ripe, young age of 89, and months away from 90, Jim is still active. He golfs with friends, attends all the Utah State University football and basketball games and can be seen working tirelessly in his yard.
“I’ve got a lot to do. Busy, busy,” Jim said.
The flower beds nestled throughout his front and back yards are carefully tended, with just the right flower or shrubbery in just the right spot.
Jim has lived in Tremonton at his current home, since 1963. He graduated from Bear River High School in 1942, where he was a cheerleader for three years. He spent 58 years married to the woman of his dreams, Alta, until she passed away 10 years ago. Since then he’s learned to enjoy the small things and fondly remembers the time they spent together, particularly in the yard.
“She was a wonderful lady. A beautiful lady,” Jim recalls. Alta was also a hard worker who wasn’t afraid to get dirty in the yard and enjoyed mowing the lawn. Together they had three children, Diane, Kathy and David.
“We used to sit out here and watch TV at night when it was cool,” Jim said about his backyard patio. “Now I’ll sit here till dark, fix me a sandwich, turn on the water and feel the breeze. Its little things like that, that bring back memories of my wife.”
It took many years for his yard to look the way it does and he credits his son, David, for helping him along the way. Years ago they worked together at Jim and Dave’s Sinclair, a service station on Main Street. Dave still operates the business, but lends a hand to his father whenever he needs it.
“He’s a wonderful son,” Jim said. “I give a lot of credit to him. We work together.”
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