David Klein Adams, age 90, of St. George, Utah, a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully in his home at 4:48 am Friday, February 7, 2014. Although we are devastated with grief, we are joyous with the knowledge that he is once again with family and loved ones.
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Klein was born on February 18, 1923, in Magna, Utah, to Blanche Kleinman and Joseph Adams. He married Alene Pendleton on July 10, 1947, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George Temple on August 24, 1977.
He was raised on a farm in Orem, Utah, and acquired his "green thumb" while working side-by-side with his 8 brothers and sisters, who he dearly loved all of his life. As a young man, he developed a passion for working hard; and with only an 11th grade education, he became a successful businessman.
He has been generous with his time and talents for his country, in the community, and in his church. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during WWII. He served faithfully as a volunteer for the St. George Fire Department for over thirty years, answering calls all hours of the day and night. He also served as a member of the St. George Lions Club, Elks Club, and VFW. He served in the LDS Church in various callings and especially enjoyed his work in the baptistery in the St. George Temple.
Klein enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, waterskiing, traveling to foreign countries, reading about historical and church history events and places in the US and visiting them, landscaping his home, and raising palm trees in his small palm tree farm. He took pride in everything he did from restoring a "totaled" car to its original condition to helping his grandsons build and refine pinewood derby cars. He loved being a grandpa or "Opa", as his grandkids and great grandkids call him. He was so proud of his posterity and their accomplishments.
He lived his life by two mottos: "If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well" and "If you don't have something good to say about someone, don't say anything at all." He touched the lives and hearts of those he met. He will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, blue eyes and great smile.
He is survived by his beloved wife Alene, 4 cherished children: Pamela "Pennee" Suesette (Holger) Kirchhausen, Rickie Klein (Cheryl) Adams, Jeffrey David (Elizabeth) Adams, and Angaleza (Alan) Adams-Stark; 18 precious grandchildren: Heinz (Angie) Kirchhausen, Keesha (Eric) McPherson, Kammee (Jim) Plant, Kynzee (Ryan) Barton, Krizia (Houman) Katoozi, Hans (Amelia) Kirchhausen, Shaun Adams (who preceded him in death), Josh Adams (who preceded him in death), Jessica (Derek) McAllister, Jordan (Karlee) Adams, Emily (Casey) Blais, Aaron Adams, Melissa (Wess) Musso, Christian Adams, Alexia (Cary) Decker, Acacia Adams, Breitton Adams, and Angillesa Adams; 25 wonderful great-grandchildren; sisters Geniel Pino and Inez Marchbanks; and brother Kay Adams.
A viewing will be held at Spilsbury Mortuary, Wednesday, February 12th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Thursday at the Flood Street 5th Ward LDS Chapel, 85 South 400 East, St. George from 10:00 to 10:30 am. Funeral Services to follow at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the Tonaquint Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to sign Klein's guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com
110 South Bluff Street St. George, UT 84770
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 2014