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Wayne "J" Gold


1949 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Wayne "J" Gold
1949 - 2018
"If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends." (Enoch Powell)
Wayne "J" Gold (July 6, 1949 - October 4, 2018) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Wayne Benfell and Helen Hathaway Gold. His earliest memories were of the Gold family homestead on the Jordan River. In 1956, the family moved to Bountiful, Utah. He attended Tolman Elementary, Bountiful Jr. High, and the new Viewmont High School, where Wayne's class of '67 was the first to attend all three years. He spent his youth hunting, fishing, camping, and relentlessly teasing his six younger brothers and sisters. His dad was his scout leader, volleyball coach, and best friend growing up. They made countless fishing trips to the Salmon River in Idaho where they would sleep under the stars on a narrow platform over the river to reserve the best fishing spot. Volleyball was a favorite activity through adulthood.
As a teenager, Wayne gained a testimony of the gospel of the . After high school, he shared the gospel with the Zuni and Navajo Tribes in the Southwest Indian Mission in Arizona. A missionary companion told him about working as a river guide for Western River Expeditions, so when he returned home he applied and was hired on the spot. He'd found his (first) true calling and spent eleven summers guiding trips down the canyons of the Colorado. Two years into his river career, he met Linda Menzel. They married and made their home in Moab, UT, where three daughters were born.
In 1981, they moved north to Davis County and he sold insurance with his dad for a few years before going to work in the roofing business. He made lifelong friendships with the Kendalls at Urethane Co. of Utah. They shared Wayne's love of the BYU Cougars, and many football and basketball games were attended together. Lynette Timothy and her children joined the family through Wayne's second marriage from 1999 - 2001.
In January of 2004, Wayne married his sweetheart Kristine Darrington, and they were sealed in the Bountiful Temple in August of 2011. Their union blessed countless lives as they embraced one another's children and grandchildren as their own. Wayne's greatest gifts were his sense of humor, his story-telling, and his ability to accept and love people unconditionally. He made a lasting impact as a scout leader, Sunday School teacher, and Pioneer Trek trail boss. He found his (second) true calling with Kris as they served as missionaries in the LDS Church's addiction recovery program. Wayne's ability to talk to anyone served him well as his tired body nudged him out of construction and he enjoyed stints as a Costco sample vendor, airport shuttle driver, and his favorite: Santa Clause. If he spent time with you, played with you, or teased you, he loved you.
A joyous reunion with Wayne's mom and dad, whose deaths preceded his, is imagined by those who remain in mortality: his wife, Kris; daughters, Meredith (Chance) Cook, Aly Gold, Natalie (Traek) Malan; bonus children, Brandon Mills, Monika (Jason) Reese, Brooke (Brian) Shurtliff, Bradley Mills, Erik Mills, Will Merrett; siblings, Candi (Dave) Stevenson, Spencer (Maurine) Gold, Kevin (Debbie) Gold, Bret Gold, Scott (Kim) Gold, Ruth (John) Thompson; 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
We thank those who cared for him at Meadow Brook Rehab & Nursing, Elevation Home Health & Hospice, The Caregiving Corner, and Welcome Home Assisted Living.
A viewing will be held Monday, Oct. 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 295 N Main, Bountiful, UT. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at 6710 W 4145 S, West Valley, UT, with a viewing at 9:30 a.m. Gravesite will be Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. in Declo, Idaho.
An extended obituary can be viewed at https://www.russonmortuary.com/notices/Wayne-Gold
Published in Deseret News on Oct. 7, 2018
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