EAST CARBON - Our family has lost their loving husband, father, Papa, Big Papa, uncle, friend, inventor and entertainer, James A. Eaquinto passed away peacefully at the age of 83 in Provo on Jan. 1, 2013.
He was born on Jan. 27, 1929 to Biagio (Bill) and Rosa Tallerico Eaquinto in Sunnyside. Graduated with an associates degree from Carbon College in air plane mechanics. He then married the love of his life Kathleen Nelson (his baby doll), on Sept. 5, 1948.
Jim went to work for Standard Motors in Price and then moved on to complete his 38 year career at Kaiser Steel as the Preparation Plant Superintendent.
As a young boy, he learned to play the accordion and then founded the notorious Melody Four Dance Band where he performed countless weddings and community dances. He had a talent for memorizing, playing by ear, and remembering hundreds of songs throughout the years. Jim enjoyed entertaining his fellow seniors at the Carbon County Senior Centers, the Heirloom, and the Beehive House.
When the mining industry struggled he completed a TV repair correspondence course and began one of his many jobs, repairing TV's, radios and many other electronic devices. He also repaired many appliances for the widows in his community.
Jim always volunteered any service needed in the various Catholic Churches and also installed and maintained the first and current bell system at Good Shepherd Church. He ensured the bells never stopped ringing and were always on time.
He was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus and served on the Honor Guard for many years, also receiving the family of the year honor. He was a charter member of the Holy Name Society.
Jim received a kidney transplant on Jan. 21, 1987. Thanks to an anonymous donor at the University of Utah, which enabled him to live a full and active life.
He is survived by wife Katie, & special pet "baby doll" both of East Carbon; children, Bill (Debbie), Roslyn (Randy) Gunderson, Jimmy (Suzi), Kathleen (Steve) Wright, Carolyn Howell; 14 grandchildren, 8 3/4 great-grandchildren; special nephew, Frankie (Toni) Sacco; sister-in-law Marilyn, brother-in-law Clark (Toni).
He was preceded in death by parents, baby brother and four sisters; his in-laws Leland & Melva Nelson; brother-in-law, Kendall; and nephew Chris Jensen.
Funeral Mass, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, 10 a.m., Good Shepherd Catholic Church in East Carbon. A Vigil service will be held Friday evening 7 p.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home (233 E. Main Street) in Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday evening from 5 - 7 p.m. and at the church in East Carbon Saturday one hour prior to Mass. Committal service, Cliffview Cemetery, Price. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Jim at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.