Obituary for James “Lance” Weech

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, James “Lance” Weech, loving husband and father passed away peacefully in his home.

Lance was a devoted husband to Monika for nearly 53 years and was a loving father to Steffen and Tera Weech, Eric and Amy Weech, Diane and James Nichols, Jared and Jennifer Weech, Kenneth and Natalie Weech, and Clint and Valerie Weech. He was happiest when spending time with his family. He was a proud grandfather to 32 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

James “Lance” Weech

Lance was born to Hyrum Newell Weech and Christine Gilliland Weech on Feb. 22, 1947, in Globe, Arizona. Lance served in the Switzerland mission from 1966 through 1968, where he also met his eternal companion, Monika. He graduated from The University of Arizona with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1970. Lance and Monika were sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple on Dec. 20, 1969.

Lance was a God-fearing man who loved to visit with friends at his shop, where he spent his time raising his children. He loved to share stories, and talk politics, guns, and cars. He also loved to camp, watch races, and ride his Harley. Lance, unknowingly, was a father figure to many. He was generous and willing to help everyone who came to him. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge,  experience,  and favorite quotes to have a good laugh. Some of our most memorable are ” Wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one fills up first”, “go find a stick and make sure it’s big enough”, and “do you have a mouse in your pocket?” and “do you want chocolate or vanilla?”

Lance is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Monika; his 12 children; 32 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; his two siblings and their spouses, Janis and Reed Willis and Linda and Bruce Blackburn, as well as numerous extended family members who are not forgotten, and devoted friends. Lance was preceded in death by his parents; his two brothers, Hugh and Rickie, and one sister, Carol.

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