Lawrence Jeppson
1926 - 2019
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Lawrence Smith Jeppson


Lawrence Smith Jeppson, age 93, was born June 5, 1926 in Logan, UT to Robert Baird Jeppson and Elsie Smith and died on October 12, 2019 in Salt Lake City. He married Frances Bennett on November 5, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Lawrence grew up in Carson City, NV, and when just 17 enlisted in the army to fight in WW II. He served for 30 months, but never went overseas. From 1948 to 1951, he served 2 ½ years in the French speaking European Mission. His courtship with Frances started on a road trip from SLC to Boston, traveling with her and her brothers as they made their way out East to school. His training was in Public Relations, but his passions professionally were modern French tapestries, paintings, and writing novels. He became the leading American expert on modern French tapestries. This led to professional relationships with many French artists, which created his expansive art collection. He also loved to write, both novels, and non-fiction about art. His other passions were his family, travel, and reaching out to others. As a devoted father, he loved Christmas and in the summer months, taking his wife, six children, and a camping trailer all through the United States and Canada. In church, he had a talent for connecting with other people, often favoring the underdog. He was a masterful teacher and especially enjoyed teaching the Gospel Essentials class. He was an exemplary home teacher in every ward he lived in. Even though he was primarily an introvert, he always loved throwing a big party, particularly French mission reunions, a tradition he kept up until 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Bennett Jeppson, his children, Marian Stoddard (Bill), Carolyn Richards (Boyd), Morgan Jeppson, Alison Hyde (Richard), Anne Bradham (Ned), and Bryan Jeppson (Larisa), 25 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Baird Jeppson and Morris Richard Jeppson, and an infant grandchild and great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 18, at 11:00 am, and visitation with the family at 10:00 am at 142 West 200 North, Salt Lake City, UT

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Oct. 15, 2019.
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October 21, 2019
I posted three photos (credits to Brian Johnson) of Lawrence and Fran from their days in Bethesda Ward, where they are both remembered often and fondly. Lawrence has a keen intellect, sharp wit, and kind heart. Our love to Fran and family.
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October 17, 2019
I remember the first time Lawrence took Bryson and me to show us his art collection and teach us about the largest modern French tapestry collection west of the Mississippi. What a rich life to surround oneself with beauty, to value that beauty, and help others come to appreciate it. What an impressive thing to have contributed to the beauty in this world. We need more Lawrences in this world!
Jan Garbett
October 15, 2019
Lawrence Jepson had quite a sense of humor. One time when we were visiting his home in the company of my cousin Boyd, his son-in-law, he told the following story. His phone number was only one digit away from the security phone number at the local shopping mall. That meant that all too often He would answer the phone only to have someone scream, get me security! Rather than getting annoyed he said he would just answer innocently, aren't you secure? I don't suppose it helped the situation at the mall, but it kept him from getting angry and upset at people who couldn't seem to dial the right number.
Laura Nielsen
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