May 21, 1935 - August 2, 2013
Joel LeVern Carpenter, age 78, of West Valley City, Utah passed away peacefully on August 2, 2013 in South Salt Lake, Utah. Joel was born May 21, 1935 in Evanston, Wyoming, a son of Raymond Linzy and Verbena Mary Stringer Carpenter. He was the youngest of twelve children. Joel graduated from Evanston High School in 1953. Joel was an active member of the LDS church. He served a mission to the Hawaiian Islands from 1955-57, and enjoyed serving in many church callings throughout his life. He married Myra Ann Hatch, of Randolph, Utah on October 17, 1957 in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple. Joel enlisted in the Air Force (1958-1962) shortly after his mission and marriage. He was stationed in: Mississippi, Florida, Johnston Island in the Pacific, and in Lompoc, California. Following his military service, he completed training as an electronics technician. In 1963, Joel began his Civil Service career at the Tooele Army Depot where he worked in electronic instrument calibration and quality assurance. Later he transferred to the Defense Logistics Agency. Joel received a distinguished service award for 30 years in federal Civil Service. He was proud of the 34 years that he served his Country, which he dearly loved.
Joel enjoyed traveling and seeing our beautiful nation. He was proud that he was able to visit all 50 states. Joel had a love of music, art and literature, and he was exceptionally good at leather craft, woodworking, and photography. Joel is survived by his wife, Myra and his four children: David (Dawn Ann) Carpenter, Jeannette Carpenter, Mark (Meridee) Carpenter, and Douglas (Rebecca) Carpenter, 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Joel is also survived by two sisters: Bessie (Frank) Wirig and Bernice Rima. He is preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and three sisters. The family expresses deep gratitude to Majestic Care Center for their kind and loving service to Joel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at noon in the Granger South Stake Center located at: 4586 West 3960 South, in West Valley City, Utah. Friends may call at the McDougal Funeral Home at 4330 South Redwood Road in Taylorsville, Utah from 6-8 pm on Tuesday August 6th and at the Stake Center on Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 am prior to the Service. Interment will take place at the Randolph, Utah City Cemetery at noon on Thursday August 8, 2013. We love you, and will miss you, but we know that you are in a far better place. May you find the peace and joy that will be yours as you reunite with family and loved ones who have gone on before. God be with you 'till we meet again. Families are forever!