James Lira

September 14, 1969 to December 9, 2022

James Stuart Lira, age 53, of Temecula, California, formerly of Ft. Duchesne, Utah, died Dec. 9, 2022, at Temecula Valley Hospital.

He was born Sept. 14, 1969, to Marvin J. Lira and Mary E. Murdock. He had a companion, Michelle McKenzie, and they later separated. He helped raise her youngest daughter as his own since she was 3 years old.

James lived with his siblings and mother in California until the age of 5 years old when his mother brought the family up to Utah to live where she was born and raised. He went to school at Todd Elementary, and then a year at West Jr. High before moving back to California where he went to Fallbrook High School. There he joined the football team and played until his Senior year and eventually graduated.

After high school, he went into construction with his brothers, Darren and Derreck Lira, for 10 years, then another 10 years building the Pechanga Casino, and the following 10 years with all of his brothers at a feed store in California.

He was an avid outdoorsman and liked to hunt, fish, and mainly being up in the mountains.

James is survived by his siblings, Ventura Lira, of California; Derreck Lira Sr., Darci Lira, both of Ft. Duchesne, Utah; Devin (Darlena) Ward, Cedarview, Utah; Damon (Katie) Ward, Grand Junction, Colorado; nephews and nieces, Dane Aguilar, DakotaLé Murdock, Sierra Yazzie, Vanessa Foster, McKell Marie Farr, Maleah, Kohen, Stetson, and Sladen Ward, Darianna, Domenica, and Derreck Jr Lira; and many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary; stepfather, William R. Ward; brother, Darren J. Lira; nephew, Shaydon Spalding; aunts and uncles, Gwen and Brenda Mojado, Shirley Reed, Glen Mac, Ben, Colin, Gary, Ronald, and Karnel Murdock.

James would want us all to not be sad, but to remember him with happy memories and always with a big smile on his face and laughter.

Per his wishes, he was cremated. Services will be held at a later date.

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