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Murray, UT 84107
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Jeffrey Austin Kinder

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Jeffrey Austin Kinder Obituary
"Finally Free "
On August 22, 2012 my "Jeffro" chose to end his long struggle with addiction. Jeffrey was born at LDS Hospital, April 12, 1975 at 11:00pm. Jeff battled his way into this world "butt first". In the loving arms of his
"Mama" he made it through major head surgery at only 7 wks old. This started his headstrong approach to life.
Everything he did, he did 100%.
Jeff grew up in Magna Utah in a tight knit family: his Father, Terry Kinder; Mother, Susan Austin Kinder, and older Brother, Brandon Kinder. Jeff lived life to the fullest. Whether it was working in their family store American Lumber, or running around playing in his "town". Jeff was the class clown and would do anything for a laugh. Even if this meant his teachers were pulling their own hair out. He flourished in sports and loved gymnastics which he attended with his life long friend Belinda Dansie Langford. He idolized his big brother until the day he died and often said "I wish I was half the man my brother is".
As a teen, Jeff met and married Michelle Griffin and they had their beautiful daughter, Samantha Kinder. She was born on August 24, 1993 and was the light of his life. He graduated from Cottonwood High School the same year. He even worked his charm and magic while incarcerated. He was the fierce defender of the underdog, becoming big brother to countless inmates,
and was known as the "knock out king". He didn't spend idle time while at the Utah State Prison. He had several jobs, including electrician. He earned an Associates Degree in construction from Utah State University. He completed the drug program ConQuest,
becoming a peer counselor and earning numerous commendations for his work and always having the most clean cell.
His Father "One Eye" was his best friend and hero for his strength, tenacity, and loyalty.
Jeff and Tonya met on October 7th 2005. He proposed on Christmas Eve of 2005 and we were married at "The Little White Wedding Chapel" in Las Vegas and shared an anniversary with his parents of May 16 2006. We had our son Jak on October 12 2006 and all our dreams had come true. Over the next 6 1/2 years Jeff fought his addictions and spent time incarcerated off and on. But in between, Jeff did the things he loved. He spent time fishing on his boat, driving his Dodge Ram, spending time with loved ones, especially his nephews and nieces. He loved being a Dad and husband, and was the love of my life. He worked in plumbing with his brother and helped run the family business BK Plumbing. He laughed hard and made others laugh harder. If Jeff considered you and friend he would go to any length to prove his loyalty. He was also excited to embark on a new career driving a cement truck, and was so proud of himself for getting his CDL drivers license. We are all left with the question of "Why"? The only answer I have come up with is Jeff didn't lose his battle to drugs. Jeff won on his own terms.
Survived by: Parents Terry Kinder and Susan Austin Kinder, wife Tonya Ruble Kinder, daughter Samantha Kinder (fiancé-Boyce Morton), Jak Kinder, brother Brandon Kinder (Brandy Todd),Nieces: Brittany Kinder, Lauren Murphy (Dylan); nephews: Ryan Kinder (Michelle), Jordan Kinder (Melissa), Riley Kinder, Carter Kinder, Jordan Grymes (Brittany), Bailey Bolton, Ryder Murphy, Bennett Grymes. Jeff was extremely excited about the upcoming birth of his grandson in January.
Jeff is proceeded in death by Grandparents Armond Kinder, Darlene Rasmussen Kinder, Eldin Austin, and Grace Kugle Austin. Uncles, Dave Kinder and Bud Anderson.
We welcome any who would like to join our Celebration of Jeff's life.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, Murray, Utah, with a viewing prior from 10-11:45 a.m. More information can be found, and online condolences may be shared at www.Jenkins-Soffe .com.

Published in Deseret News on Aug. 26, 2012
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