Jesse James Rutter, 93, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, has returned to his heavenly home, reuniting with his sweetheart Gayle and beloved family and friends. Jim passed away peacefully on Friday, April 14, 2023. He spent his final hours surrounded by an adoring family - children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was the third child of William Henry and Cecilia Dredge Rutter, born February 15, 1930, in Malad, Idaho. He married Gayle Larsen on August 17, 1956, in the Salt Lake Temple, and they were inseparable until her passing in June of 2017.\n\nJim loved growing up in Malad and was blessed with a loving family. His maternal grandparents lived across the street, with aunts, uncles and cousins nearby. They were a close family, and in later years, his children loved to see Jim and his siblings gather, reminisce and laugh together. Their love and regard for one another was always very evident.\n\nIn his early years, Jim worked long hours on his Grandpa Dredge’s farm with members of his extended family. During his high school years, Jim played tuba in the awardwinning Malad High School marching band. He also earned a letter in football and was a cheerleader. He graduated from Malad High School in 1948 and went to Brigham Young University.\n\nIn 1949, Jim was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New England States Mission. During the summers, he and his companion would go “country tracting” to rural areas in Vermont for several months, depending on the kindness and hospitality of the people for food and shelter, but ultimately depending on the Lord. Of this time Jim said, “These experiences were times of great growth in my life because we had to depend upon the Lord’s blessings and His care. And He never let us down, not once. We experienced some difficulties, but the blessings far outweighed any inconvenience.” He drew strength from his mission experiences for the remainder of his life.\n\nIn 1953, Jim was inducted into the US Army and served in Korea after the war had ended. He grew to love and appreciate the people there. Following his military service, Jim returned to BYU where he was going to school when he was introduced to the love of his life to whom he was completely devoted during their 61 years of marriage and beyond. After graduation from BYU, Jim and Gayle had short stays in Southern California and American Fork, Utah, where they made many lifelong friendships. They finally settled in the Manila neighborhood of Pleasant Grove in 1968 where they lived and loved the rest of their lives, raising their five children, being touched by and touching the lives of many. They always considered themselves blessed to be living among such wonderful friends and neighbors.\n\nThroughout his life, Jim was a devoted disciple, and more than that, an intimate friend of Jesus Christ. To hear him say a personal prayer in recent years was a sacred experience. Second only to Jim’s devotion to his Savior was his devotion to Gayle, to whom he was fiercely loyal. This was followed closely by his devotion to his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, dear friends and neighbors. Together, Jim and Gayle would attend grandchildren’s blessings, baptisms, ordinations, graduations, sporting events, recitals, theatrical productions. Regardless of age or production quality, they enjoyed each one. They’d take pictures of grandkids dressed up for a date dance, take grandkids to go feed the ducks, and remember every birthday.\n\nNot too far behind these top priorities was Jim’s passion for BYU sports – especially football and basketball. On occasion he was known to return from a hotly contested game and, in a spirit of contrition, beg the pardon of those who were with him at his, perhaps slightly over-exuberant support of his beloved Cougars at the expense of referees, opposing players, or others that may have thwarted the desired outcome.\n\nThrough the years Jim had many opportunities to serve people. In the Church, he was blessed to serve in numerous callings both at the ward and stake level, where he had an impact on countless individuals. Through the years, Jim’s family has been blessed to hear from many people that were touched by Jim’s service as bishop and stake patriarch. He gave over 1300 patriarchal blessings during his service in that capacity.\n\nJim and Gayle also loved serving together in the Colorado Denver South Mission, and as ordinance workers in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. They grew to love the people to whom they delivered Meals-on-Wheels together for many years. They had a particular fondness for widows in the neighborhood and enjoyed weekly movie days with them. They were also known to deliver rolls and jam or bouquets of cut lilacs in the spring.\n\nHe would always say “You love those that you serve.” That being the case, Jim and Gayle together loved more people than we can count!\n\nIn his final years, as the effects of advancing Alzheimer’s stripped more and more of his mental capacity away, what always remained was gratitude and his love of people. Every person he met was a friend, and every interaction ended with a sincere “Thank you! You’re terrific!” Gratitude and love were core to his being!\n\nHe is survived by five children: Tammy (Kendall) Swensen, Lynne Anne (Keith) Longhurst, David (Kim) Rutter, Matt (Kristen) Rutter, Jared (Deena) Rutter; 23 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren and his brother William J. Rutter, sisters Helen Gygi and Karen (Nick) Randall.\n\nHe was preceded in death by his sweetheart Gayle, his parents, his sister Ruth and his brother-in-law Max Call.\n\nFuneral services will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 11 am in the Manila Creek Third Ward Chapel, located at 3785 West Box Elder Drive, Pleasant Grove. Family and friends may attend a viewing on Monday evening from 6-8 pm at Olpin Family Mortuary, located at 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove and at the church on Tuesday beginning at 9 am. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s honor to the Church’s Humanitarian Aid Fund (Please See Link Below Obituary). Condolences may be sent, and further information may be obtained at www.olpinmortuary.com.