Keith S. Jeppson|
1923 ~ 2014
Our beloved father and husband, Keith S. Jeppson, passed away from Melanoma Cancer at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center early Sunday morning March 23, 2014.
Keith was born in Brigham City, Utah on February 3, 1923 to Anna and David Jeppson. He was the 9th child born to his parents and their last living child. His siblings were Lamar, Erma, Pearl, Ruth, Earl, Glen, Boyd, Alene and Max. He was raised by his widowed mother following the death of his father when Keith was 13 years old.
Keith enjoyed growing up and attending school in Brigham City. He served as the Senior Class President of his high school. He learned to work hard as a boy and a young man. He often told of topping sugar beets and working other jobs, followed by a swim in the canal. Later on he attended school in California where he lived with his brother, Lamar and his family.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a supply clerk stationed in England. After the war, he attended BYU and also Utah State University where he graduated with a degree in business.
Keith served as a missionary in the Central States Mission where he met his first wife, Loeta Jane Riggs. After his mission he and Jane married in the Logan Temple in 1950. Jane and Keith are the parents of six children: Jean J. Clay, Paula J Christiansen, Bruce K (Renae) Jeppson, Julie Ann J. (Mark) Hamaker, Pamella J. (Mark) Shelley and Brenda J (Bradd) Brewer. Jane passed away from Leukemia in 1962.
Keith married Cozette Stewart Hunter in the Salt Lake Temple in May 1963. Cozette brought five boys into the marriage: Brent (Roxiann) Hunter, Jeffery S. (Lesli) Hunter, Steven R (Carmen) Hunter, Alan P (Melissa) Hunter and John D (Kendra) Hunter. Together they had three children: Carolyn J Nelson, Craig K (Joylynn) Jeppson and Jennifer J (Glen) Clawson. All of his children survive him as well as 65 grandchildren and 73 great-grandchildren. His grandchildren were precious to him. Playing and singing to them and building fun things for them to play on in the yard was something he loved.
Keith served faithfully in numerous callings in the L.D.S. Church throughout his life. Cozette and Keith served as missionaries in Nauvoo, Illinois from 1992-1993. He owned and operated the Jeppson Floral and Gift Shop for 50 years. He generously donated flowers to many church conferences. Keith served as a district officer and President of the Regional FTD organization. He enjoyed traveling to many countries and places within the U.S. and loved his country. He served as a member of good standing of the Provo Rotary Club.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Cherry Hill Stake Center, 1700 South 400 East, Orem, Utah. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, Thursday evening from 6-8:00 p.m. and at the church Friday morning from 10-10:45 a.m. Interment will be in the Provo City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.bergmortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News on Mar. 26, 2014