James Henry Mahon of Ogden, Utah, who was born James Henry Snipes on March 1, 1939, passed away at the age of 74 on April 9, 2013 at McKay Dee Hospital after a brave 3-year battle with cancer. James was an accomplished pilot who would fly his daughters back and forth to Utah from So Cal in his little Mooney single-engine plane when they were young, and his little girls thought he was the handsomest and bravest pilot in all the world. He was a brilliant engineer, whose passion and talent for electronics took him to exotic lands, tenaciously solving puzzles to completion, exclaiming that he could do it, he could do anything, and he did. He later enjoyed and was most proud of creating museum-quality train models for which he won many awards. James valued intelligent conversation, knew excellence and professionalism were worth their weight in gold, was fascinated with what could be wrought with metal and hardwood, and surrounded himself with the things that inspired him every day. He is survived by his four daughters; Mary Stanford, Jennifer Adkins , Natalie Ginger, and Jamie Snipes, all of Southern California. He will be greatly missed by those who got to see his boyish grin despite his pains, by those who could chuckle at his quick snips for impertinent minds, and especially by the ones who knew him the best but still loved him the most, his daughters.A memorial service for James Mahon will be held at Leavitts Mortuary, 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, from 2 to 4 pm. Memorial contributions can be made in James’ name to The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.