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Paul Kelly Obituary
Paul Naismith Kelly
August 6, 1927 ~ April 11, 2014
Paul Naismith Kelly died April 11, 2014 of heart failure at age 86.
Paul was born August 6, 1927 in Salt Lake City, the second son of three children to John Willard Evans Kelly and Anne Naismith. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Donald Blaine Kelly and Jananne Kelly. Paul married Shirley Mae Acor June 8, 1956 in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple and they were blessed with seven children: Paula (Craig Harline), Keith Acor (Kathy Tenney), John Acor (Caroleen Hunt), Jill ( Don Hansen), Ann Marie (Christopher Picklesimer), Heather (Greg Jonson), and Steven Acor (Angie Dick), 33 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren with more expected.
Paul attended Salt Lake schools Emerson, Roosevelt, East High, Class of 1944, and University of Utah, graduating from the university in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. In between his college study, he served in the U.S. Navy and an LDS mission to the East Central States 1949 to 1951. He started a career in nuclear energy at the Nuclear Reactor Testing Station in Arco, Idaho in 1954 and worked for Phillips Petroleum, Atomics International, General Electric, Allied Chemical, Exxon, Westinghouse, and Parson Engineering at various locations in Idaho, California, Colorado, North Carolina, and Ohio. He completed a Masters of Science degree in 1960 through extension courses from the University of Idaho.
Paul was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in several callings including five bishoprics, including as Bishop in Arco, Idaho; four High Councils; Stake Mission President; temple and family history. Paul and Shirley served two full-time missions together, one in the Church Education System at the Institute of Religion at Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff and one in the Church and Family History Mission in Salt Lake City.
Funeral services will be held at the Lakeview 6th LDS Ward, 2168 So 140 W, Orem Utah, Saturday, April 19, at 11 am. Viewings Friday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8 and Saturday from 9:45 am to 10:45 am prior to the funeral.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Perpetual Education Fund.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2014
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