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Joseph Leonard Henriod Obituary
1922 ~ 2011
Joseph Leonard Henriod died on November 15, 2011, in Salt Lake City, three months shy of his 90th birthday, from causes incident to age. He was born February 13, 1922 in Provo, Utah, to Leonard C. and Sarah Murdock Henriod. This adored only son always had two birthday cakes: one to look at and one to eat. He grew up in Provo and Salt Lake and spent summers on relatives' farms learning hard work and love for the land. He left for an LDS mission in Texas/Louisiana just as World War II began and returned in plenty of time for the army to send him to the Philippines where his love and skill with cars landed him a job driving the General's jeep on Manila streets and jungle tracks. Joe purchased his last car at age 86-number 104. He returned to Utah and went to law school on the GI bill, married Lorraine Stephens, and raised six children. Richly intuitive, sympathetic, and ready to believe the best he saw in people, clients flocked to him. He appeared as counsel in every courthouse in the State. Joe was an early morning seminary teacher, guide on Temple Square, and bishop. His life work was as a shepherd, safeguarding confidences, counseling, and generously supporting neighbors and friends. He once tried to add up the funeral talks he'd given and lost track after seventy. He carried a briefcase, but loved working with his hands: crafting hardwood nativity puzzles and bird houses, making bread each week, and tending his fruit trees, golden raspberries, and grapes, stripping blooms from the peony bushes each May to adorn graves from Provo to Logan. A great joy was providing places and activities for family and friends to relax and have fun: a fishing trailer by the Weber, horses, motorcycles, and snowmobiles. An intrepid matchmaker, his proudest success was with a grandson and "the prettiest girl in the ward." Joe spent over fifty of their sixty-four years of marriage giving special care to his then wheelchair-bound wife.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; children Steve (Paula), Jane (Stuart Wise), Paul (Shelley), Joe (Holly), Matt (Cathie), Marianne (Mike Moffitt); 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family will meet friends on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Foothill 2nd Ward, 1930 South 2100 East, SLC, UT. The funeral service will also be held at the Foothill 2nd Ward on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery. The family thanks the care workers at St. Joseph's Villa and CareSource. In lieu of flowers, buy a car, and give it to a loved one. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Published in Deseret News from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2011
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