1930 ~ 2013|
Donald Clair Shurtliff of Orem, Utah passed away on September 8, 2013. He was born to Norman Ezra and Adelia Winsor Shurtliff at their home in Overton, Nevada, on July 1, 1930.
Don's early years were spent working on the family farm. He later lived in Provo and Orem, Utah, while attending Brigham Young University, and Fontana, California where he raised his family.
Don served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was an active church member and fulfilled a mission for the LDS Church in the New England Mission.
While attending Brigham Young University he met and married Joan Farrimond from Richland, Washington. They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
His family and church were the love of his life. He was happiest when he was with his family and busy serving others. Taught by their father, his children learned to love and serve others as well. Many lives were blessed through his dedication.
In addition to farming, Don taught school, worked for the California Agricultural Department, and later the Federal Land Bank. Throughout his life, Don and his wife Joan enjoyed spending time together with their children. They particularly had fun traveling with their children throughout our beautiful country and others.
Don is preceded in death by his parents Norman and Adelia Shurtliff and his brother Ted. He is survived by his wife Joan; his six children: Robert Don (Phyllis), Linda Louise Beckman (Andrew), David Lynn (De), Debbie Jean Reiser (Steve), Richard Clair, Mark Alan (Tanna), and his three sisters, Nan Crutchfield, Dorothy Fetherston, and Lora Bush. He is survived by twenty-three grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Don's life will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the Northridge ward chapel, 1674 North 200 West in Orem. Friends and family may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State St. in Orem and also one hour prior to the services Friday at the ward chapel. Interment will be in the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, 3401 South Highland Drive in Salt Lake City. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SundbergOlpinMortuary.com.
Don, we love you and miss you, but we know that at last you will find peace and joy as you reunite with family and loved ones that have gone on before. God be with you till we meet again.
Published in Deseret News on Sept. 11, 2013