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Sent on Mormon-News: 22Mar01

By Kent Larsen

LDS Bishop Remembered in San Jose Mercury News

LDS Bishop Remembered in San Jose Mercury News

MORGAN HILL, CALIFORNIA -- The sudden death of Bishop James Allen Tilley at age 43 has members of the Morgan Hill 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remembering him as a community leader who led by doing. Tilley died last Saturday after collapsing at the wheel of the family's van as he was driving his family out to dinner.

Fellow ward member Hal Hendrickson remembered Tilley's service as selfless love, "I remember when the home of a single father with seven children burned down a few weeks ago. Jim coordinated relief efforts, finding them a place to stay and helping replace some of the physical comforts they'd lost in the fire," Hendrickson said. "That was typical of Jim, who served so many with such selfless love."

Ted Helvey, described in the Mercury News as Tilley's 'closest aide,' said Tilley easily reached others. "Jim was a large man in the church and in the community. He endeared himself to people because of an unusual combination of strength and gentleness," Helvey said. "His religion was fact, not faith or hope, and he kept in touch with the real life of people."

A native of Long Beach, California, Tilley was raised there and in Burley, Idaho, his father's hometown, where the family moved after becoming concerned with the deterioration of California's schools. In high school, Tilley excelled in sports, lettering in football, basketball and baseball all four years. Best in baseball, Tilley managed to get the starting catcher position at BYU as a freshman after walking on.

Returning fom an LDS mission to Adelaide, Australia, Tilley earned an engineering degree and moved to Southern California, where he worked for several companies, including FMC Corp., before joining Internet publishing firm this past January. Tilley also served in various LDS Church positions in Sunnyvale and San Jose before the family moved to Morgan Hill.


James Allen Tilley, 43, bishop, family man and community leader
San Jose CA Mercury News 22Mar01 P2
By Dale Rodebaugh: Mercury News


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