Joseph Cooper Ekstrom (Joe) returned to his Heavenly Father July 20. He was born June 7, 1923, in Arco, Idaho, to John Lovett Ekstrom and Violet Parker Cooper. After the death of his father when Joe was only 7, his mother moved her young family to Cache Valley, Utah, and later married John Heyrend, a widower with six children. Joe joined the Army and served in the European Conflict as a Military Policeman 1942-1946. Upon his return from WWII, he married his high school sweetheart, Loma Mary Jones, for time and all eternity May 1, 1946, in the Logan LDS Temple. He worked for Mtn. Bell Telephone where he retired after 35 years of service. He was actively involved in the LDS Church and served his Heavenly Father faithfully as an Elders Quorum President, Scout Master, Stake Missionary and in the Stake Mission Presidency. He and Loma served a full-time proselyting mission in Michigan and an inner city mission in Salt Lake City. They also served as temple workers for many years. His professional and church service and humble loving spirit brought him many lifelong friends. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his sweetheart, Loma. He is survived by their five children, Joseph Jones (Deann), Violet Ann McCleery (Michael), Edward Dean (Missy), Brenda Lee Mabey (Gary) and Michael Kelly (Rebecca); 41 grandchildren including spouses; and 53 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at the Fort Union 5th Ward building, 6770 S. 500 E. in Midvale, Utah. Viewings will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday and 10-10:40 a.m. Monday at the same location. Funeral services are being coordinated by Lake Hills Memorial of Sandy, Utah (www.memorialutah.com).
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Published in Logan Herald Journal from July 25 to July 28, 2013