Jun. 14, 1986 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA
Elder James A. Cullimore, an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy died in a Salt Lake City hospital on Saturday morning, June 14, 1986. Elder Cullimore had served as a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for more than twenty years, having been sustained as an Assistant to the Twelve on April 6, 1966. He was one of the original members of the First Quorum of the Seventy when it was organized in 1976, and was named to emeritus status in 1978.
James Alfred Cullimore was born January 17, 1906, in Lindon, Utah, one of twelve children of Albert Lorenzo and Luella Keetch Cullimore. He served a mission to California in 1925-27, then returned to his schooling at Brigham Young University. He was elected student body president for 1930-31.
It was in 1931 that he married another BYU student, Grace Gardner, in the Salt Lake Temple. She died in 1975.
James Cullimore served the Church in a variety of positions, including as a branch president in Sioux City and Oklahoma City and as president of the West Oklahoma District. When the Oklahoma Stake was organized in 1960, he was called as its first president. He had served in that position for only a matter of weeks when he was called as president of the Central British Mission.
Following his return from England, he was called to be a member of the Church's Priesthood Welfare Committee. Then in April of 1966, he was called as an Assistant to the Twelve.
President Thomas S. Monson, in his funeral remarks, spoke of Elder Cullimore as a man of good cheer, a man of talent, a man of peace, a man of love, a man of God. He was a man without guile who loved everyone and was eager to serve wherever called.