1925 ~ 2014|
Rulon L. Coe, our loyal father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, joined his wife, Beverley, in the next life, on April 18, 2014, surrounded by family and friends.
Born July 19, 1925, in Tabiona, Utah, Rulon came into this world after his twin sister, Rula, and was the youngest of seven children. His family moved to Bacchus, Utah at the beginning of the Great Depression. As part of the greatest generation, Rulon reflected the values of hard work, patriotism, frugality, can-do attitude, and optimism. After graduating in 1943 from Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and completed Basic Training in Oakland, CA. He was assigned to the Coast Guard base in Oahu, Hawaii. Not being content to remain in the luxury and safety of Hawaii, he volunteered for sea duty and thereafter served in the Pacific Theater until 1946 on the LST 166. Rulon participated in the campaigns of Saipan and Okinawa. During general quarters, he manned a 40mm anti-aircraft gun. He was credited by his shipmates with saving the ship by shooting down a Kamikaze airplane diving towards LST 166 during the invasion of Okinawa.
He met his wife Beverley on Valentine's Day, and they married on April 25, 1947. They had six children and were married for 64 years before her passing in 2011. He and Beverley served an LDS Mission helping hundreds of people obtain employment in their community. He served faithfully in dozens of volunteer positions in his local congregation.
Rulon had an adventurous spirit and took his children on many road trips, from Yellowstone to the West Coast. He drove to Alaska and returned much of the way on a ferry. He traveled to many parts of Europe and Asia, sometimes to visit his children and grandchildren, or to experience an adventure with them. Once he retired from the refinery at Kennecott after 34 years, Rulon began driving for Avis and continued to do so for 30 years where he was still working two weeks before his passing. Rulon loved staying active, and was best known for his mischievous sense of humor that could brighten nearly any situation. Blessed with an inquisitive mind, he loved to read and was especially drawn to technology and innovation. He designed, engineered and built one of the first solar homes in Salt Lake County.
Rulon is preceded in death by his wife Beverley, his parents, Henry and Lillian, his grandson, Jesse Williams, and five of his siblings: Edna, Merlin, Glenn, Allen, and Rula. He is survived by his sister Belva Fairbourne, his six children, Sandra, Jim (Sally), Steve (Johnette), Don (Debra), John, David (Sisi), his 24 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
The viewing will be held Monday, April 21, 2014 at the Valley View Mortuary, (4350 W 4100 S) from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the LDS chapel on the corner of 3500 South and 6400 West, with a viewing beginning at 10 am.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make contributions to the organization of your choice in the name of Rulon L Coe. www.valleyviewfuneral.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2014