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“I have know Jim since Carol was a young girl. He and Joyce were family friends and my parents spent many hours on the golf course with them. I...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Kathy Larson - Tooele, UT

“Bev and Family,I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. He was a great man, full of kindness, and laughter. I will always remember...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Norma Tabish - Salt Lake City, UT

“Prayers to the Sawaya family during this difficult time. Judge Sawaya was always a pleasure to work with and will be greatly missed. ”
3 of 33 | Posted by: Andrea Brown - Silverthorne, CO

“When I was a young lawyer I appeared before Judge Sawaya fairly often. The man had a great sense of humor. He made me laugh often(which is not to say...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: wally bugden - Salt Lake City, UT

“Judge Sawaya was truly a wonderful man and I had the pleasure of working with him for a short period of time before he retired at 3rd District Court....Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Tina Ashey - SALT LAKE CITY, UT

“Judge Sawaya began listening and understanding before the lawyers in his courtroom ever began to speak or make their argument. He was a master. I...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: John Baird - Salt Lake City, UT

“Diane and I would like to express our deepest sympathies for your families loss. Jim was always a good friend and a great judge. He will be missed...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Jess & Diane Burbidge - Roosevelt, UT

“I just wanted to pass along my condolences to the family on Jim's passing. Jim was one of my favorite colleagues on the bench. It was he from whom I...Read More »
8 of 33 | Posted by: Timothy Hanson - Columbia Falls, MT

“Judge Sawaya presided over one of the first trials I had. I will never forget his kindness or tolerance for my ignorance. Much later, he would greet...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Ed Brass - Salt Lake City, UT

“Peace be with you all ”
10 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Balsamo - UT

“Sad to hear of your father Jim's passing. What a wonderful family he and your mother Joyce raised. I always felt at home when I visited the Sawayas...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Joe Holland - Boise, ID

“Sawaya Family, So sorry to learn of loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. We were looking forward to...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Jim Anton - Draper

“So very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
13 of 33 | Posted by: Sharon Aberton - Salt Lake, UT

“Paul and Peanut, I'm sorry for your loss, what a fantastic man!!!thoughts and prayers for you and yours, Debby (Vigil) Whittaker ”
14 of 33 | Posted by: Debby Whittaker - SLC, UT

“Judge Sawaya was a good man. He was fair and honest. Most of all he had a great sense of humor. My Mom and Dad enjoyed meeting at Costco and...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: K Cumberledge

“Judge Sawaya was a delightful jurist whose demeanor and fairness made the courtroom less stressful for parties and lawyers. He was fair, well...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Denver Snuffer - Sandy, UT

“I went before Judge Samaya in 1965 for stealing gas from the Mormon Church. It cost me 225.00. He explained why I would never come before him again....Read More »
17 of 33 | Posted by: kirk anderson - los angeles, CA

“RIP HE WAS MY GOD FATHER,DANIEL SEAN MAHONY ”
18 of 33 | Posted by: DANIEL MAHONY - KEARNS, UT

“SAWAYA FAMILY,Very sorry to learn of your loss. The Judge was a nice person and a great judge. He had a wonderful sense of humor and my family...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. May God be with all of you. The judge will be...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Dennis and Sheryl Jensen - UT


21 of 33 | Posted by: Beckey Johnson - Kuna, ID

“I practiced law in SaltLake and was always delighted when Judge Sawaya was assigned to my cases..He was level headed and even tempered, without fail,...Read More »
22 of 33 | Posted by: A friend

“My sympathy on the loss of your Father, Beverly. He must have been a very fine and principled man who raised his children in the same manner. ”
23 of 33 | Posted by: Marilyn Will - Federal Way, WA

“You loved and cared for me perfectly Dad, my heart will always save a dance for you. ”
24 of 33 | Posted by: Beverly Simpson - Federal Way, WA

“Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear father. A very amazing person who joins with your mother in heaven. ”
25 of 33 | Posted by: Richard & Diane Beutz - Tacoma, WA

“Keith and Becky, we are sorry to hear about your loss. We love you. Keith and Beverly, your father must have been a good man. To bad we didn't get an...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: Steve/Sharon Tolley - Moses Lake, WA

“Carol and family, you were blessed to have him as a father, and he blessed to have all of you. Prayers and my sympathy. Bernadette Mills ”
27 of 33 | Posted by: Bernadette Mills - Grand Junction, CO

“So sorry for your loss and deepest condolences. ”
28 of 33 | Posted by: Rory Neale - Centerville, UT

“What a beautiful tribute to your father. I know he was so loved by his family. You and your sweet family will be in my prayers. Much love! ”
29 of 33 | Posted by: Karen Williams - Sandy, UT

“Carol, you are a living testimony to the type of person your Dad was. I have always admired you and your beautiful family. Love and peace be with all...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Laura Triest - Grand Junction, CO

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I am honored to be counted as a friend of Beverly's and loved hearing about her...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Beth Hobson - Tacoma, WA

“Sorry for your loss Judge Sawaya was a great man to the family a great dad May his memory be eternal ”
32 of 33 | Posted by: Mathew Fotes - Salt lake city, UT

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
33 of 33 | Posted by: Denise Degenhardt - Sparta, WI


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James was born on July 24, 1927 and passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017.

James was a resident of Utah at the time of passing.

He graduated from the University of Utah Law School in 1954, went into private practice before being appointed Judge for Murray City in 1959 and subsequently appointed to the Third Judicial District Court in 1970.

He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18 and spent his duty on the main Island in Hawaii.

There will be a rosary on Friday September 22nd at 5pm followed by a viewing from 6pm-8pm at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church (1375 East Spring Lane) and also on Saturday September 23rd prior to the service, from 10am to 10:45 am at the church. We will celebrate with a funeral Mass at 11:00 am at St. Vincent DePaul with internment at Murray City Cemetery. Rosary Service Friday 22 Sep 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church 1375 East Spring Lane Salt Lake City, UT 84117 Friday 22 Sep 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church 1375 East Spring Lane Salt Lake City, UT 84117 23 Sep 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church 1375 East Spring Lane Salt Lake City, UT 84117 23 Sep 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church 1375 East Spring Lane Salt Lake City, UT 84117 1007 W South Jordan Parkway South Jordan, UT 84095 - Phone: (801) 254-1928 4760 S State Street Murray, UT 84107 - Phone: (801) 266-0222.

It is fitting that in lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made in his name to St. Vincent's Church at 1375 Spring Lane, Holladay, Utah 84117.

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