Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t James Jonas Ostlund\n\n\r\n\t\t\t\tJames Jonas Ostlund, age 80, graduated with honors from this life at home surrounded by his family on January 7, 2016 after a valiant battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome.\n\nJim was born February 14, 1935 in SLC, Utah, the eldest child of Clarence and Della Ostlund. From the moment he entered this school of life, he had an insatiable desire for learning and growth.\n\nJim married his sweetheart, Darlene Butters, in the Salt Lake Temple on June 7, 1955 and was blessed with six children. His love for education and thirst for knowledge fueled his unending hard work to earn his PhD in Biophysics and Bioengineering from the University of Utah in 1969. Jim was blessed with a successful and fulfilling professional career through which he touched many lives, but the highlight of his life- work was serving seven years at the Mount Timpanogos Temple with his wife at his side.\n\nJim loved the Lord, his wife, his family and the Gospel. He advanced from this life with timeless grace, Christlike humility and unwavering faith. He will be remembered for his gentle spirit, soft-spoken manner and steadfast testimony. Jim graduated this life at the top of his class honored and revered by all who knew him.\n\nJim is survived by his wife, Darlene, children Kym (Phil) Smith, James Butters (Barbara) Ostlund, Cindy (Colen) Sweeten, Jamie (Jeff) Tarrant, Julie (Blake) Sweeten; twenty one grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren; and sister, Clare (John) Peterson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stillborn son, Jonas.\n\nA graveside service celebrating his life was held on January 9, 2016 at the City of Orem Cemetery.\n\nThe family would like to thank Dr. Cordell Bott and his staff for their outstanding and compassionate medical care, The Infusion Center and the true heroes, those unknown individuals who unselfishly donated blood giving him two additional years of life.