Cover photo for James Brooks Gargano's Obituary

James Brooks Gargano

April 6, 1941 — September 10, 2023

St. George, Utah

James Brooks Gargano

James Brooks Gargano passed away Sunday, September 10, 2023, peacefully in his sleep.  He was born April 6, 1941, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Nina Ruth Tudor (Brooks) and Frank James Gargano.

James was raised in Fort Dodge and Coalville, Iowa, graduating from Fort Dodge High School in 1959, and Graceland College in 1964, with his Bachelor’s Degree. James was a dual athlete at Graceland, playing Football and competing in Track and Field. He served as an Officer in the United States Air Force from December 1964 to May 1968, obtaining an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Captain. In 1974, he was the AAU National Olympic Powerlifting Champion in the Superheavyweight Class. In 1999, he retired from a 30-year career in the United States Postal Service. In his youth, Jim raised, broke, and enjoyed riding his horses.

James’ passion was sports and family and loved nothing more than coaching and eventually watching his sons, grandchildren, and extended family and friends play any sport. If he wasn’t watching sports, he was playing cards. He had a heart of pure gold, was extremely humble, and lived a selfless life putting all others before himself. His parents and stepfather, Lowell Eldon Tudor, preceded him in death. 

He is survived by his children Jonathan (Maynelis), Tampa, Florida, and Michael (Jaime), Washington, Utah; grandchildren Valerie, Mila, Sienna, Aisey and Taysen; and brother Roy Tudor (Marge), Madison, Wisconsin. 

Celebration of Life services will be held September 30, 2023, at 10:30 am at the Community of Christ Church, 23886 Boies Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.

Internment will take place at 2:30 pm in the Webster City Cemetery, 1000 Ohio Street, Webster City, IA 50595.

In lieu of flowers, due to his love of animals, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Utah at

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, UT 84770. 435-673-2454.

Friends and family are invited to sign James’ online guest book at

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Past Services

Celebration of Life

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

the Community of Christ Church

23886 Boise Street, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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Saturday, September 30, 2023

2:30 - 3:30 pm (Central time)

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