In Memory

Jim (The Rod) Roderick

Jim (The Rod) Roderick

Jim Roderick (1945 - 2010)

Jim "THE ROD" Roderick was born 9/4/1945 and passed 9/9/2010.  James Carmean Roderick of South Jordan, Utah died in an accident outside of Nephi, UT. "The Rod" graduated from Olympus High School and LDS Business College. He had a successful career in the automotive business for over thirty years, the majority of which was spent at Gus Paulos Chevrolet.

Jim had a true zest for life and was known for being the "life of the party." He enjoyed playing golf, skiing, boating, traveling and most of all being with his friends.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn, his sister Maryann Jex (Gordon), his five children, Jim Roderick, Jr. (Abbie), Melanie VanderHoeven (Paul), Travis Roderick, Heather Stevenson (Travis), Tony Roderick (Mandy), his twelve grandchildren and two step-children Sarah Vowell (Simon) and Steven Fitzwater.

Jim is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary and William Cairns Roderick, and his brother William Carmean Roderick. He will be truly missed by all.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley 1007 W. South Jordan Pkwy. (10600 S) South Jordan, UT where a viewing will be held from 12:00 - 1:45 pm. Interment Holladay Memorial Park. Online condolences and directions at In lieu of flowers, and in honor of Jim please donate to the Kidney Foundation at

Published in Deseret News on Sept. 14, 2010
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02/19/14 11:33 PM #1    

Barbara Miller (Schneider)

Dear Jimmy-----You lived just up the Lane from me for years------------------We had fun dances in your basement----------your brown eyes always sparkled with your happy smile--------------you gave me Christmas presents and bear hugs-------------AND remember?---you were an outstanding Santa Claus in our 6th grade  Christmas program!!!--------------I will always love and appreciate the young Jimmy Roderick.       Barb

02/20/14 08:43 AM #2    

Dan Maxwell

I used to frequent Gus Paulos Chevrolet in West Valley and had numerous contacts with Jim while there.  In conversation, we talked about driving across I-80 in Wyoming.  I mentioned that I had seen his fathers tanker truck near Rock Springs late one night.  Jim told me that at the time he was making the runs to Wyoming for his father and that he was sure that it would have been him driving that truck that night.  At the time, I was working in Boulder, Colorado, and was making almost weekly trips to SLC on Fridays and Saturdays.  We talked about the places where the Wyoming Highway Patrol would watch for excessive velocity, and the places where it was "safe".  Jim definately knew the road!  We both had the experience of meeting with a judge in Evanston.

Jim and I also talked about Rulon Harper and the many challenges and setbacks that he experienced.

I miss seeing and talking with Jim

Dan Maxwell

02/27/14 10:30 AM #3    

Pam Smith (Nelson)

What a great guy :    .."Jim " "The Rod"!!!!yes I remember how fun , humorous.. and light- hearted he always was!! He was kind and sweet and "the life of the party"  The Lincoln Lane parties were always the best!!(You are right Barbara Miller!)..cheeky...

. He could sell a CAR, a vacumn or tupperware to anyone! He had a certain aura that spread joy,livliness and a charming sense of happiness in every direction! The latest memories I have of him were at our last reunion at Little America..with his beautiful wife Kathryn. I remember a BBQ in West Yellowstone at the fanciest-ever R.V. Park where he donned a crisp white chef coat and hat and cooked like a seasoned graduate from Cordon Bleu!!  We are neighbors now to The Roderick family in Island Park, Idaho.

Sooo..cute's to you continue your journey spreading love,joy and humor up above.I love you for the good person you have always been...xoxoPam Smith Nelson (all my love to Kathryn and all the Rodericks..and to Gus Paulos)




04/27/14 09:54 AM #4    

David Kunz

It's hard to believe all the wonderful Titans that we have lost including Jim.  I remember him best from grade school at the Holladay Elementary, as a shy and fearful little boy starting school for the first time, Jim with his out going nature immediately became my friend and put me at ease making my entry into a strange and scary world enjoyable and fun.  Thanks Jim for being my first friend outside of my family.

Dave Kunz

04/28/14 03:10 PM #5    

David Burnett

Ten years ago at the 40th, Jim pulled off the best Reunion prank I can recall. At the softball game in Reservoir park -  a quite fun filled, and extrabase hit filled event, he arranged at the end of the game for an Ambulance complete with a team of EMTs to show up  and deal with any issues the "OLD FOGIES" might have had.  We all had a great laugh on that one, and happily, for one day at least, none of us left in an ambulance.

04/29/14 01:28 PM #6    

Richard J. (Dick) Clark


Roderick, annother one who died young.

He was killer.

Always so full of it and could back it up.

Sorry he is gone, could use him in a golf match.


05/01/14 12:43 PM #7    

Krista Wilhelmsen

So sad to hear about Jim.....He was a party guy!  His house was the "party house"....lots of great memories.

06/05/14 10:36 PM #8    

David Judd

Loved Jim. He and I were born a year apart on the same day. We used to talk to each other every year on our birthday. He made me laugh!

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