W. Jeff Metcalf
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W. Jeff Metcalf
10/31/1949 to 6/11/2020
Writing an obituary for Jeff Metcalf has been a daunting task-not only because it'd take the entire paper to properly notate his many achievements and accolades as a professor, writer, playwright, and humanitarian…but also because for someone who had such a brilliant command of the written word, ironically, words themselves fall short when it comes to Jeff's larger than life presence. With equal parts charisma, authenticity, diabolical humor and sincere conviction, people naturally gravitated toward him. His ability to connect with, inspire, and unite people from all walks of life, made Jeff the rarest of breeds. The enthusiasm with which he lived life was contagious-anything felt possible when Metcalf was in the room. Jeff was a true renaissance man; he shared his gift with the world, he listened and learned from others, he was a catalyst of change, a challenger of the status quo, an educator, a story weaver, a Captain of Adventure and Mischief, the Fish-Whisperer, Chefcalf, a husband, a father, Grampop-the-great, a mentor, a friend, and an inspiration to all that knew him. In life, he was a force to be reckoned with, and it's hard to imagine a world without him. However, we all can keep a spark of Metcalf's magic alive by emulating what he represented. Give, Listen, Learn, Unite, Question, Inspire, Love and Laugh, and when in doubt, just ask, WWJD…What Would Jeff Do?

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Jul. 19 to Jul. 26, 2020.
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19 entries
November 5, 2020
Metcalf inspired those who knew him. An advocate for disenfranchised youth, a mentor and remarkable human.
Gary Lund
Student
July 28, 2020
Jeff was my high school English teacher. He was a huge influence in my life and helped make me a better person. He will live on in my memories and in countless others. He was a truly kind man.
Melanie Millring
Student
July 24, 2020
I know I'm late, but I just found out about Jeff Metcalf's passing. He was a true Renaissance man brimming with stories and laughter, kindness and enthusiasm, strength and compassion, a man who fought for those who couldn't fight for themselves and challenged the status quo. As a professor, he changed my life. His passion and drive opened my eyes, changed my point of view, and helped to shape who I am as a teacher. He taught me to trust my instincts, do what's right even when it's not popular, and to fight for those in need no matter the cost. He was a force to be reckoned with and his absence will be greatly felt by all those who knew him. We will miss you!
Nicole Triptow
Student
July 24, 2020
Somehow Jeff could bring people together over divisive issues in a way that fostered love and understanding. Our classes had an environment I've rarely experienced anywhere else. Thanks for your love, encouragement, and enthusiasm for each of us.
Amber Carr Wallace
Student
July 23, 2020
Jeff was an extraordinary teacher who cared and supported his students so they would excel and succeed in their education..
My heart aches for his family...
Chantel Steadman
Student
July 22, 2020
Truly one of a kind! Crazy, inspirational, wildly witty, bright and such an entertaining story teller. Among my favorite moments: "I drive a Voo voo, it used to be a Volvo but the L fell off", The surprise wedding he planned for you Alana, and the one-man-play, A Slight Discomfort. He packed a big punch of impact in his years. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Lauri Connor Winge
Friend
July 20, 2020
Jeff saved me from dropping out of high school. HIP class, led by Jeff, was quite an experience for me. Metcalf was a great influence in my life. He was funny, very intelligent, understanding, kind, sharing, down to earth gentleman. Not too many like him. By far the best teacher I ever had. I'm very glad to have known him!
My condolences to his family.
David Decker
David Decker
Student
July 20, 2020
Heff was the epitome of a great man. Thanks for sharing a piece of your life, love and wisdom with a bunch of hippy - parking lot kids that needed a safe place. A bunch of kids who didnt fit into the traditional high school clubs. You have left a foot print on the hearts of many. The world needs more Jeff Metcalfs! Good speed and thank you.. HIP Class Brighton High 1973 - 1974
Cindy Brough
Student
July 20, 2020
Alana so sorry to hear about Jeffs passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time.
Kathy White
Friend
July 20, 2020
I was so inspired by Jeff in so many ways...music,learning the environment. He helped me so much...I was having such a hard time at Brighton he suggested trade tech. And that's where I got my diploma. R.I.P. Jeff
Deborah Bergan
Teacher
July 20, 2020
Jeff metcalfe was a miracle to me I never would have stayed in school as long as I did. He made me realize goi g to trade technology would be better for me and that's where I got my diploma.RIP Jeff
Debbie Bergan
Teacher
July 20, 2020
I had the extreme honour of having Jeff as a mentor while I attended the University of Utah. By chance I wound up in one of his classes due to the need for a credit and I am now a teacher today because of him and his influence. I am deeply saddened by his loss and will always remeber his support, his willingness to be an avid listener, and his cheer.
Thank you, for everything.
Tiffany Durham
Student
July 20, 2020
Metcalf played a brief but important role in my life this past year as my professor and my educational advocate he was advising my thesis research when he passed away this summer. He always believed in my ideas and respected my knowledge while recognizing my need for support as a young person still figuring out my place in the world. He'd say stuff like, "Metcalf's looking out for you, kiddo," and bring me buttons to pin on my backpack (I collect them). I so miss his sense of humor and compassion and wisdom; I hope I'll be half the teacher to my future students that he was to so many of us.
Nain Christopherson
Student
July 20, 2020
Jeff was a wonderful teacher, friend and for a few months before I joined the Airforce a great confidant. Thank you Jeff for all that you did to help make my life better. You were loved.
LISA COGGINS
Student
July 20, 2020
The writer of this Beautiful Human that Metcalf was is SPOT ON!
Oh My Soul is weeping. I was Blessed with those 3 years of High School "HIP" class. You placed such "HOPE" IN ALL OUR LIVES AND MADE ME FEEL UNDERSTOOD! I carry that Knowledge Of Life you So Beautifully place in My Soul. FOREVER LOVED BY YOUR STUDENT OF 1975 KIM BRINE . . .††. . .
K Brine Ellison
Student
July 20, 2020
Jeff was a wonderful man and a great teacher! He helped me through a very rough. In my life. I will forever be grateful and hold him in my heart.
Linda Ekblad
Student
July 20, 2020
He was a great teacher at a Brighton High, I will remember him fondly in my memories! H.I.P. Class 1973-75, God speed Metcalf
Scott Wilson
Student
July 20, 2020
Metcalf, You were the brightest light, upon meeting you for the first time, I knew I wanted to get to know more about you. You Sir, are spectacular. I'll remember you fondly.
Mandy Fletcher
Mandy
Acquaintance
July 19, 2020
Jeff was truly one of a kind, he helped shape hundreds of lives RIP Jeff

George Hofmann
Friend
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