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Linda Lurine Kloepfer, our beloved mother and friend of many, passed away on March 1, 2013 at her home in Kanab, Utah. Linda was born on May 24,1948 in Oakland, Calif. and graduated from Bishop O'Dowd Catholic High School in 1966. During her youth, most of her summers and weekends were spent in the mountains above Napa Valley at the family retreat, where her passion for the outdoors developed.
Linda met the love of her life, David Kloepfer, in Logan, Utah shortly after moving there from California. Soon after meeting him they decided to move to Vermillon Cliffs, Ariz. and pursue a career in river guiding. They started out partnering up with Al Harris of Harris Boat Tours eventually buying him out in 1972. The next five years Linda and Dave ran one the smallest but most efficient river companies to ever grace the waters of the Colorado Plateau. The trips were usually small about 25 people which usually means a better quality trip for the guests. Most of their past clients that I have talked to said the experience changed their lives forever. Only after 5 years of running river they got a offer to sell to Diamond River Tours and took it. They wanted to settle down and start a family and that same year Cash David Kloepfer was born. Then only 17 months later Peter Joseph Kloepfer arrived. The boys were the joys of their lives.
Soon after Pete was born Linda and Dave opened up a restaurant at the north end of Kanab called the Downstream Deli to sustain their family. Known as a local favorite for their pizza and sandwiches until it closed in 1992. Shortly after Linda and Dave went to work managing the Glazier Foodtown deli. This only lasted for a couple of years until Dave started working at the Navajo power plant and Linda decided without Dave around to try something new and started working for Stampin Up. Linda started there right at the beginning and has been with them longer then any other employee. Over the past 21 years Linda loved working there, she loved the people, she loved the work and she was respected by all her co workers. A lot of her fellow employees told me she was the most down to earth person that you will ever come across. Most of all Linda loved life, she saw beauty in everything from a walk with her dog, to a sunset on her back porch or just a good book. Linda you will always be loved and now very missed.
Linda is survived by her two sons Cash David and Peter Joseph.
A viewing will be held at Mosdell Mortuary on Thursday, March 7 at noon, followed by a informal funeral ceremony at the city park if weather permits.
Published in The Spectrum & Daily News on Mar. 6, 2013