Hyrum Fielding Koenig
1958 - 2020
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1958 ~ 2020
Hyrum Koenig passed away in Bountiful, Utah, May, 2020.
He was born in an elevator at LDS hospital, Salt Lake City; the youngest child in a large immigrant family. Church was a place he gladly went as it was the social center where the seeds of friendship were sown.
After attending Salt Lake City public schools, where he majored in social life, he moved on to Utah Technical College and University of Utah.
Hyrum's father and older brothers taught him the craft of carpentry. Hyrum became a natural; a gifted, accomplished finish carpenter. Hyrum built some uniquely beautiful pieces of furniture in his early days. Later, he enjoyed the opportunity to join his family in crafting custom sound studios for famous musicians.
Hyrum worked many years at the car dealership. He truly cared about his customers, especially the regulars whom he looked forward to seeing if only, for the good conversation and the stories about their vast and varied lives. He also enjoyed the daily company of many of his coworkers over the years.
Hyrum had an encyclopedic knowledge of cars; the details at the tip of his tongue; not only the brand he sold for 15 years, but all cars.
For Relaxation, he loved to cook whenever possible.
For Satisfaction, he quietly did a great deal of charity and volunteer work including substantial work at the 2002 Winter Olympics. His favorite was the annual Tim Dahle Infinity, U.S. Marines, Toys for Tots event. He worked hard to produce it each year as it became bigger, with the giant American Flag as its centerpiece, it grew into a patriotic affair.
For Delight, Joy and Happiness he was blessed with 3 marvelous children.
Holly VanCott honored Hyrum by naming his first grandson Kohen. Hyrum was "over the moon." Holly is a lovely, hardworking, self-motivated young woman with whom he enjoyed many long conversations over the years. She once commented that their relationship was more like friends than father/daughter.
Hyrum was unabashedly proud of his son, Tyler Koenig. When Tyler was attending the Paul Mitchell School, Hyrum was so proud. Hyrum constantly told us stories of Tyler's progress and achievements. He would explain that Tyler is a natural talent, artist, craftsman in so many varied areas. Tyler is a visionary who can envision a concept or project and then follow it through to bring it to life. Tyler has especially enjoyed working on professional events and photo shoots. He has an extensive portfolio.
Teisha Hawley is a dynamic young woman. She gifted Hyrum with Family; the feeling of welcome inclusion and acceptance. He adored her children. At family occasions, he would hang on their every word. Hyrum paid careful attention to the children's special interest and then tried to support them. At Teisha's home he was able to revel in the warmth of the entire extended family.
Hyrum was blessed with two loyal lifetime friends. His ex-wife, Pam Koenig, and his best friend, Kerry Boyak. They always magically appeared when needed and they provided a trusted soft shoulder for him to land. This continued until the very end.
Hyrum had a broad and interesting Life, full of countless fascinating people. Hyrum was a people person. He was a true gentleman.
Hyrum is preceded in death by his parents, Heinz and Irmgard Koenig. He is survived by his children Holly VanCott, Tyler Koenig, Teisha Hawley and four grandchildren; his ex-wife Pam Koenig; best friend Kerry Boyak; his siblings Daniela Woods, Karl-Heinz Koenig, Gerhard Koenig, and Elke Brown
We wish to honor him. We wish him peace and rest as he moves toward his next Journey. To borrow a line from his friends: "Fly High and Travel Well".
Services were provided by Larkin Mortuary.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from May 23 to May 24, 2020.
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May 26, 2020
My husband and I just ran into my cousin Hyrum a couple of months ago at Sunshine Café which apparently frequented quite a bit (as do we). He looked great and was always so warm and kind. So strange to think we won't be running into him around Bountiful somewhere. Love his warm and welcoming smile. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Love to all of his family!
Elisa Ballantyne
May 24, 2020
Hyrum has been a best friend of mine since I was 16 years old at East high school, and would give me a ridein his huge black truck, to my job at the hospital after Madrigals every day.
He was full of stories, even at this young age,
there was never a boring time as he drove me to work and told me a new story. I was amazed at how many people he knew and how many people loved him.
His love of people and taking good care of people, carried into his adult years.
He was such a jokester,
I came out of the seminary building one day looking for my little TR-6 that was parked in front of the seminary building and I couldnt find it anywhere.
Panicking, I scanned the cars and I saw that it was parked across the street in front of the Fieldhouse at the school. He and his friends had picked it up and carried it across the street as a prank!
When I lost my brother, he became that brother to me throughout my whole life.
He watched out for me to the end, and made sure that my children were cared for.
Ive visited him often at the dealership and had to wait while he spoke on the phone, or was in conference, with one person or the other who just adored him and trusted him and always came back to him for their cars.
What a loyal, loving, kind and thoughtful man he has always been and I have been the grateful recipient of his loving good-care throughout our lives.
Many of our schoolmates are heartbroken and we have spoken and comforted each other during this time. Hyrum, Im going to miss you like crazy. Thank you for loving me all these years and for taking such good care of me.
I love you forever! Love, Vicki Talmage
Vicki Talmage
May 24, 2020
Hyrum was one of my best friends at East many found memories to include lots of cruising in his white convertible Caddy with a red interior and lots of off roading in our trucks he will be missed
Weston Bayles
May 24, 2020
My heart goes out to the entire Koenig family.
I am so sorry for your loss. To the extraordinary man who definitely left an impact in my life and a forever imprint upon my soul. Thank you Hyrum for the memories. Hat's off to you my friend may you rest in peace. Much love...
Karie Sorensen
May 23, 2020
I loved Hyrum as my brother in law , married to his brother Gerhard for 20 years...He was always kind and a gentleman to me and though we remain on earth and he has passed on he has left in my heart a gentle and warm feeling and forever will hold a special place in my heart and soul and few people are like Hyrum in this life ...He is remembered with great joy I knew him and loved him and as a musician has touched my heart ..Thank you to the Koenigs for to me Hyrum meant alot! God Be With You Till we Meet Again!! Robyn Elaine Koenig
May 23, 2020
I knew and loved Hyrum for many years. I will miss him. He brought lots of happiness to his extended family through Teisha. Holidays will not be the same without him.
May 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss. He will be missed❤
Melany Koenig Strong
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