James Arthur “Jim” Barnum

James Arthur “Jim” Barnum, 86, passed away quietly Friday, November 19th, 2021, from complications of the COVID-19 virus which had weakened his body.

Born in Mesquite, Nevada, January 16, 1935, to Orange Decator and Angie Bell (Hughes) Barnum, 5th of their nine children. Jim perfected his middle child role as peacemaker and friend to all who knew him. He was a gentle, kind, loving, and patient man. He graduated from Virgin Valley High School in 1953 and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). While on his mission in the Central States, he met his sweetheart, Marion Marketta Edgell. The two married in the St. George LDS temple shortly after his honorable mission release. Jim was drafted into military service in 1957 and served honorably as a Corpsman and Ward Master in U.S. Army’s Sandia Base Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Jim was proud of his Hughes and Barnum family heritage and relished that he was descended from Nobility with at least six of his progenitors having been Knighted by Kings of England. He served many callings for his church including Seminary Teacher, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Scout Master and as a Temple Worker in the St. George LDS Temple.

Jim loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and he enjoyed gardening. Jim often combined his hobbies by bottling many of the fish he caught, much of the venison he harvested and the most of fruits and vegetables he grew. He was an avid quilter and made over 200 quilts. He cooked, sewed, sang, and whistled. And he was always happy. He worked for the Clark County Department of Parks and Recreation where he was paid to do things he loved to do.

He was preceded in death by his son, Marcus, his beloved sister Ella Ree, four of his brothers Odean, Elwin, Emeral, and Orin. He is survived by his loving wife, Marketta, sons Carl (Karol), Kelley (Bonnie), Tony (Stephanie), and Jason (Chrissy), 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, brothers Theryl, Ace and a sister Roxie Beardon.

Visitation will be held in the Mesquite Stake Center, 100 S Arrowhead Lane, Mesquite, Nevada, Friday, December 3, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm and on Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 9 – 10:30 am.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 11 am, Mesquite Stake Center, 100 S Arrowhead Lane, Mesquite, Nevada.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign his online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com.



6:00 – 8:30 pm Mesquite Stake Center

Second Visitation


11:00 am


2nd Visitation – 9:00 – 10:30 am
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mesquite Stake Center
100 S Arrowhead Lane
Mesquite, Nevada

Funeral Service
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mesquite Stake Center
100 S Arrowhead Lane
Mesquite, Nevada


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2 Responses

  1. I am so grateful to have known Jim Barnum while living in North Las Vegas during the 1960’s. Such a great guy and wonderful friend . I also think that Jim and my husband Jim worked at Garrett Freight Lines for a number of years. Our children were young those days and we enjoyed visiting and going to Church together. God bless Marketta and all the family. Sending my love and heartfelt sympathy.

  2. I’m so very sorry for your loss. We were very blessed to have known Jim during his life. We hope your family will find comfort during this time of loss. It was a privilege to know this great man. My husband, Jim Price, and Jim worked together at Garrett freight line. We were in the same ward and we were good friends. We enjoyed visiting when our children were young and going to church together. We’ve kept in touch with the Barnum’s throughout the years as we passed through Mesquite. Thank you for your friendship and wonderful memories. Sending our sympathy and love.

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