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Glade Justesen


1928 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Glade Justesen Obituary
1928 ~ 2014
Glade Clifford Justesen, 85, returned to his Heavenly Father on Monday June 23, 2014.
Glade was born in Spring City, UT on August 23, 1928 to Clifford Schofield and Margaret Lovina (Osborne) Justesen. His childhood and adult life was deeply rooted in the City of West Jordan. Many know the story of his boyhood shoe that is probably still floating down one of its canals. He attended school in West Jordan and graduated from Jordan High School in 1946. In his youth, Glade was active in sports; he won an AAU Golden Glove with the West Jordan Boxing Club in 1944, played on the Jordan High School state championship football team that same year, and played on the West Jordan Ward Senior Scout team that won the LDS All Church Basketball championship in 1945. He was also very active as a volunteer for youth sports coach for many years in later life, including being a founding member of the Kearns American Little League in the 1960s, and coach of the Kearns 2d Ward Young Men's basketball team that played in the LDS All Church tournament in 1965. Glade was known to say that the best thing he ever did was marry the love of his life, Margaret Elaine (Toomer) Justesen. They were married on August 4, 1947 and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on May 11, 1949. Together they raised a large family that is still growing today. Currently, they have 7 children, 15 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren that are his greatest pride and joy. Glade was a wonderful storyteller, and many would gather around to hear his great stories which he told happily even in his final months to anyone with a listening ear. "Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others." Glade was always an example of service to his family, friends, and community. He served as a Bishop, a counselor in several Bishoprics, a counselor in a Stake Presidency, and numerous other callings in the LDS church. He also spent many years coaching youth sports, volunteering in many community activities, served as a Temple worker for over 25 years, and, along with Elaine, served an LDS mission to the Utah State Prison. Glade was never afraid to try something, and if he didn't know how to fix or build it, that never held him back from trying. He was well loved by the people he served, especially the youth. Glade always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone. He is so much loved, and though he will be missed by many, he leaves his family with a legacy of service and strong faith in the knowledge that they will see him again someday.
He is survived by his wife and six sons: Gary (Becky), Kirby (Pam), Kimball (Kate), Tom (Terri), Rick (Collette), Brian (Jennifer) and his sister, Judy K. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Kent, and his daughter GlaeDeen Justesen.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Midvale 4th Ward building, 7825 South Olympus Street, Midvale, Utah. Friends and family may call on Friday, June 27th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Goff Mortuary located at 8090 S. State Street, Midvale Utah and also on Saturday from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., prior to services at the ward. Interment will be at West Jordan Cemetery, West Jordan, Utah. www.goffmortuary.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on June 25, 2014
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