James “Jim” Lee

James Devere Lee, age 66, died on Monday March 8, 2021 at his home in Johnson Canyon that he and his beloved wife of 39 years, Leslie Johnson built. He was born October 1 1954 in Lancaster CA to Elwida Schoonover and Glen Lee. He is survived by his wife Leslie, Kanab UT, daughter Bridget (Orlando) Hurricane , UT. His pride and joy, his grandchildren Deichae, MarDee, Orlando Jr., Cotton and Leeon, Mom Elwilda Lee San Jose CA, Siblings Gerald (Kathy) Lee San Jose CA, Jeannine (Wayne) Butler, Grantsville UT. and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his dad Glenn Lee and grandparents James and Opal Lee and Guy and Dessie Schoonover.

He moved to Fredonia at age 10 to cultivate his love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and boating. He loved cutting loads of wood from the mountains and cooking out with his friends and family. He attended school in Fredonia and was part of the State championship football team. He graduated in 1972 and attended some college. Jim worked at Kaibab Industries and Buckskin Tavern. Then him and his family built and operated Travelers Inn Restaurant for 25 years. He retired from the restauranting industry to pursue employment in the farming industry. He enjoyed spending time in his home in the beautiful red hills of Johnson Canyon, riding his RAZR, spoiling his grandchildren, playing with his dog Sadie, and watching crazy Alaskan home shows on TV. He will forever be a parrothead!

Jim will be missed by his wife, daughter, grandchildren, dog, and all who knew him.

There was a Graveside service at 3PM on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at the Fredonia City Cemetery.

The LiveStream of the Memorial Service is over. There will be a recording posted below 2-3 days after the funeral. You are welcome to watch the services then. Feel free to download the recording and keep it if you wish.



  1. SteveSteve Judd March 10, 2021 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    My best friend, no more pain. I’ll be seeing you one of these day…

  2. Vonnie Hansen March 15, 2021 at 5:38 am - Reply

    My heart goes out to leslie and family. I loved working with you at traveler’s inn. 😢

  3. Deanna L Buchanan March 18, 2021 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Leslie I am sorry for your families loss. I enjoyed reconnecting with Jim on Facebook. He seemed to enjoy the photos of the area that I shared.

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