Dennis Myres
1934 - 2017
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1934 ~ 2017
Dennis "Keith" Myres, 82, of Pleasant Grove, Ut. (formerly of Del Mar,
CA) died after a struggle with cancer on May 27, 2017. He passed away at home with his family and beloved wife, Paula.
Keith was born in a small Icelandic community in Mountain, North Dakota on July 24, 1934. He was welcomed to the home of John J. Myres (Svold,
ND) and Emily Vatnsdal Myres (Mountain, ND). The family moved to San Diego when he was six months old. He graduated from Sweetwater High School in National City, CA in 1952. He loved running, and was involved in track.
In 1957 he graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science/Econ. It was in college that he said he made the two best decisions of his life: marrying Paula Faye Haymond, of Springville, Utah, and joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His two goals in life were to be a good father/husband and to build the kingdom. He spent the rest of his days trying to honor this commitment.
Keith was always mindful of the covenants he made, and never lost his enthusiasm for the gospel. He tried to consistently improve and be better until the last days of his life. His passion for the Book of Mormon permeated his life. He deeply studied and wrote about this great book for 60 years. His favorite possessions were his books of literature, history, and poetry. Keith was a man of ideas and creativity--a wordsmith, poet, and historian.
Keith was passionate about helping others. He was generous with praise, and was known for being a builder of people. His motivation was to help others see themselves as they could become--always seeing the good and positive. He was endlessly fascinated with people, and truly called everyone his friend. Thousands of people have been touched by his talks and service.
He loved serving in the Church, and served as a seminary teacher, bishop, stake president, Regional Representative, Mission President of the Texas Houston Mission (1984-87), temple sealer, and a missionary with Paula in Glendive, Montana and the Nashville, Kentucky missions.
Keith and brother, Jerry, started a trucking company, South Bay Transfer, and worked together for many years. Most of the children and some grandchildren were able to work with their grandpa. He wanted his posterity to work hard and "Do the Difficult."
He is survived by his beautiful wife of 59 years, Paula Haymond Myres. His children, Maryan Gudrun (Joseph) Shumway of Doha, Qatar, Kaylene (Rob) Coleman of Katy, TX, Garth Lauren (Sara) Myres of Alpine, CA, Dana (Blake) Murphy of Quito, Ecuador, Geralee (Ron) McArthur of South Jordan, UT, Anne Elise (Wes) Sine of Ithaca, NY, Nathan Keith (Kristin) Myres of Double Oaks, TX, Denice Emily (Brian) Rasmussen of Reno, NV, Jared Alec Myres (Amy) of Holladay, UT. He was an attentive cheerleader to 54 grandchildren and 13 (and counting) great grandchildren. He was a beloved son to John and Emily Myres, and brother to Vernon (Jean) Myres of El Cajon (deceased), Shirley (Rod) Sims of Chula Vista, CA (deceased) and cherished brother Jerry "Lanny" (Barbara) Myres of Heber, UT.
A viewing will be held Friday June 2, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Olpin Family Mortuary 494 South 300 East Pleasant Grove, UT 84062. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:00 am with a viewing from 9:30-10:45 at the LDS Chapel 480 West 1300 North Pleasant Grove, UT 84062 Interment will be at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pathways Education program: or the LDS missionary fund.
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August 26, 2017
Dear Family,

I just learned about Brother Myres's passing, and am very sadened by the news. Brother Myres was one of the angels that guided my road and made my life a lot easier when I was attending BYU. Bless his heart! I will never forget his warmth, friendliness and love for everyone. One day, we will meet him again, and then it will be forever. I send my sincere condolences to each and everyone of the family members, and, especially, to Sister Paula. ALL MY LOVE!
Yesid León
July 24, 2017
Keith and Paula were friends to the friendless and the widow. My little family's triumphs over adversity are directly related to their expressed love for the Savior, patience and obedience to Gospel Covenants.
We are truly fortunate to have been associated with such good people.

In gratitude and love to the entire family -
Charlotte M. Willits
Del Mar, CA
June 6, 2017
He was our stake president and a great example to us and the entire region. Heaven gained a jewel of a man.
Carol & Bill Poulson
June 5, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of my San Diego South Stake President from many years ago. He was a loved leader in my growing up years. Thank you for his years of love and sacrifice. May you all be comforted and blessed at this particularly difficult time. With fond memories, Lorna Wagoner Davis
Lorna Wagoner Davis
June 5, 2017
President Myers was the first philosopher I met: a modern-day example of eternal stoicism. I remember how positively giddy he was when he gave each missionary a copy of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography. I still have my copy and remember well attempting to follow the Thirteen Virtues set out by Franklin when he was but twenty years old. President Myers must have been a patient man, with nearly two hundred young and eager missionaries under his care, suffering us kindly while we learned the art of self-discipline.
God rest, ye, kind soul.
Greggory Wood
June 1, 2017
To our dear friend, Paula in the temporary loss of your dear husband, Keith. May you and your family be blessed, guided and protected until you all meet again.
My sister , Annette, says she has fond memories of days that you and she swapped baby-sitting with each other . We love you like family, Paula. Our deepest love to you from Vic and Nita Weaver .
June 1, 2017
Keith was an amazingly strong man. His mortal body was not kind to him, but he took on the challenge to make his life meaningful in any way he could. He was an example of dedication to the Lord, to his family, to his friends and neighbors. He and Paula raised an amazing family and he will be missed by all. He passed the test of this mortal life and will continue to be a positive influence from on high...Thank heavens we know that the grave is not the end, but the beginning of the next journey in our eternal lives. Love to all, LaWynn
LaWynn Murphy
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