Chip Hess
Chip Hess 1963 ~ 2006 Our loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, William "Chip" R. Hess, was called home after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) on January 15, 2006. Chip was born on April 6, 1963, to William R. and Fern Raney Hess. Chip graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1981, went on to Dixie Jr. College and then to the University of Utah where he earned his B.S. in Economics. He was the General Manager for the Utah offices of Northwest Door, USA. Chip was crazy in love with Beatrice Betton and married her on August 24, 1991; later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. He considered the greatest role in his life to be a husband and father. He was personally involved with each of his children in all of their many activities, always playing the role of coach or spectator. Just being in the room with Tyler, Ryan, Mitch, Lexi and Megan brought a smile to his face and a twinkle to his eyes. Chip loved spending time with family above all else and embodied the theme "Families are Forever". Chip was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved working in the Young Men's Program. There is not a young person around who doesn't affectionately refer to him as a friend or coach. Chip loved all sports particularly anything his children were doing. He was a great athlete and played baseball, football and softball. He was a huge Utes fan. He had a great knowledge of sport teams, players and statistics. Chip also had a deep appreciation for nature, specifically flowers and trees, and loved the feeling of the sun on his face. Chip had a contagious laugh, a mischievous smile, an amazing sense of humor and an extraordinarily quick wit. Chip was considered a gentleman by all, and anyone lucky enough to have known him became a friend for life. Chip recently said he wanted to be as brave as his father. We all know that Chip met life with all its ups and downs with courage and bravery. Chip is now reunited with his sister, Laurie Hess, and an infant brother, David Anthony Kent. He leaves behind his parents, his loving wife, Beatrice, and his five beautiful children, Tyler (19), serving an LDS mission in the Montevideo, Uruguay mission, Ryan (13), Mitchell (11), Alexis (8) and Megan (5); a brother, Rick (Anne) Hess; three sisters, Rebecca (Harold) Boyack, Jodi (Butch) Ellsworth and his twin, Julie (Dan) Thomson; and family and friends too numerous to count. The family wishes to acknowledge the love and support of family, friends, neighbors, the Aspen Hills Ward and colleagues of Northwest Door. Words cannot express the gratitude felt by our family for all of the generosity and support given to us these past 21 months. Please pray for a cure for this disease that took Chip but never his spirit. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 19th, at 12 noon at the Sandy Granite South Stake Center, 2126 East Gyrfalcon Drive (10000 South). A viewing will be held on Wednesday evening, Jan. 18th from 6 - 8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Garden Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, as well as one hour prior to services Thursday at the church. Dad, we love you. My Chip, until we meet again. Families Are Forever
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2006.
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Rebecca is my dearest friend and I have so enjoyed and been touched by the stories she has shared of her beloved family. I would have been honored to have known Chip in person, but I feel I know his spirit. Please accept my very deepest sympathy and know I include you all in my daily prayers.
Toni Ashenbrener
January 26, 2006
BEATRICE, I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. TRACI GARNER NELSON
TRACI GARNER-NELSON
January 20, 2006
Dear Beatrice and family – Our hearts go out to you and your children. My family, my sister, and her family send you and your family our love and condolences. May the Lord be with you and your children in this difficult time. Although we never met Chip, we feel like we knew him from all the beautiful things written about him. We met you when you were a baby and then I met you again as a young lady some years ago. Lilian Bernal and family, Memita Maza and family (We are your mom’s first cousins from California)
Lilian Bernal
January 19, 2006
Dear Chip,

I enjoyed our last conversation recalling our Little League Championship. Hearing how proud you were of your children and hearing you laugh. I look forward to turning double plays in the next life with you, and give that give that horse hide a ride Chipper Babe! Love you #16... your buddy Spike #3
Michael (Spike) Trane
January 19, 2006
Dear Julie,Bill and Fern,
May our Heavenly Father's comfort be with you at this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that Chip is well and whole again and that you will all be together again someday in a joyful reunion! Know that many are praying for and searching for a cure for A.L.S. Peace be with you always.
Tacy Crow-Pifher
January 19, 2006
Dearest Beatrice -
I was so touched to see you today. It's been such a long time, and I am so sorry for your unfathomable loss. I will always think of you first of all as you were when we met in 1989(?). I remember how much you loved Chip, and how much he loved you, and how fast you got out of work and drove home to see him (and Tyler). I'm glad I got to know you at the beginning. I remember your wedding, and a lot of other times back then. I was so touched to see your four children hugging you and comforting you, and to see how beautiful you all are in your love for one another. What a nice family you and Chip made together. I have loved you since I met you, and I always will be your friend. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Love to you always -

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn Allred
January 19, 2006
Dear Julie
I dont know if you will remember me. I went to school with you and Chip. I am so sad to hear about Chip he was such a fun and kind person to be around.May the Lord be with you and your Family at this difficult time and know that he is not suffering.What a beautiful family he has and knowing that familes can be together again.You and your family are in my prayers. Love Lisa (La Follette) Ward
Lisa Ward
January 19, 2006
Dear Beatrice and family,
This is a fitting tribute to a life beautifully lived! What an impact Chip has had on so many people in a too-short life! Especially evident is his influence on so many youth through his many years of service and interaction with them. You are a wonderful family and we keep you in our prayers. We are so sorry for your deep heartache. May God watch over you.
Rees and Lyssa Jensen
January 18, 2006
Dear Julie,
I'm not sure you remember me, but I wanted to tell you how sorry I was to hear of the passing of Chip. I remember the both of you from high school and how kind and happy Chip always was. May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family. You will be in my prayers.
Terri (Nelson) Wulfenstein
January 18, 2006
DearHessFamily most of Beatrice Betton relatives,here in El Salvador central america got the feeling that we all knew Chip,and we ask The Lord to confort you at this very sad time.
ricardo jerez
January 18, 2006
Dear Hess Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Chip, I was reading through the paper today when I came upon his obituary. I instantly called my brother in Las Vegas to tell him the news. We have not seen or talked to Chip in more than 20 years (at least) but remember him very well from growing up in our neighbor. Tim and Chip were good friends for many years. I am also very sorry to learn that Laurie passed away also. Our best wishes are with you and your family at this time. We have very fun and fond memories of Chip, he was great to be around.
Tim and Lee Ann Sears
Lee Ann Sears
January 18, 2006
Chip and my brother Chris were the best of friends, and as such I was always the little brother tagging along. I have nothing but the greatest love and appreciation for Chip and the constant kindness he showed and the friend that he was to me. My family's thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time, and while Chip will be greatly missed here on earth, may you always find peace and comfort in the knowledge that families are indeed forever. Love Nathan (Lori) Emery and Family.
Nathan Emery
January 18, 2006
Beatrice, Tyler, Ryan, Mitch, Lexi, and Megan

We want you to know how much we love you and your families. We are honored that we knew Chip and feel so blessed to share his friendship. He was a man who loved his family so very much and always gave to others. Randy used to say that "Chip would give you the shirt off his back" and we know this to be absolutely true! May you feel at peace during this difficult time and pray that the spirit in which Chip led his life stays with you always. There are so many of us who love you and are here for you...you won't be left alone!

With love, The Christensen Family
Melissa Christensen
January 18, 2006
Beatrice, Tyler, Ryan, Mitch, Lexi, and Megan

We love you and your families so much and are honored that we knew Chip. He was a man that loved his family so much and always gave to others. Randy would always say that "Chip would give you the shirt off his back" and we know this to be absolutely true.
May you feel at peace during this difficult time and know so many of us are here for you. We love you and pray that the spirit in which Chip led his life stays with you and comforts you always!

With love, The Christensen Family
Melissa Christensen
January 18, 2006
You don't know me or I don't know you, but my mother died 6 months ago from ALS and I know the Pain and suffering he and your family went threw. I wanted to let you know that my deepest sympathies are with you, and I can honestly tell you I know what you and your family went and are going threw. If you need to talk my email is [email protected] God bless your family.
Kathy Jemison
January 18, 2006
Beatrice and Family,
Nuestras mas sentidas condolencias por esa irreparable perdida, estamos aqui acompanandote en tu dolor y rezando para que Dios te de
fuerza y te ayude a salir adelante.
Chela, Lucy, Yeny & Sonia Gonzalez
January 18, 2006
Beatrice, sintiendo mucho la perdida de tu esposo, estamos contigo, te tendremos en nuestras oraciones para que Dios te ayude a ti y a tu familia a encontrar la paz y la tranquilidad por la perdida irreparable, no podremos estar contingo en persona pero lo estaremos con el alma, te escribe Yenny Fernandez (hija de Chela Gonzalez from California)
Maria (Yenny) Fernandez
January 18, 2006
I only knew Chip these past few months but knew shortly after I met him that he was so well loved. I didn't take care of Chip as a nurse, only visited a few times. But, in my past nursing career, I've taken care of many people with ALS, and I have never seen someone with this disease receive such terrific care to the very end. I know how trying it was for Beatrice and her family at times, and am humbled by their determination to respect his wishes through it all. May God bless you all with peace and comfort.
Jessica Quire
January 18, 2006
DEAR HESS FAMILY I TO AM VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT CHIP. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANKS SO MUCH FOR LETTING ME SPEND TIME WITH CHIP. EVERY MOMENT I SPENT WITH HIM I WILL HOLD VERY DEAR TO MY HEART HE MENT A GREAT DEAL TO ME. AND I WILL MISS HIM SO MUCH. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU TILL YOU MEET AGIAN. KIDS DAD WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU REMEMBER THAT.
LYNNE GLEAVE
January 18, 2006
I never knew Chip. Nor do I know his family. I stumbled upon his obituary and felt compelled to give everyone who knew him, my sincere sympathies. My father passed away from ALS, I know how hard it is. I will say a prayer for your family, and may god hold you tight during this sad time.
Lindy Slaughter
January 17, 2006
Ryan and family,
I'm sorry about the loss in your family. We hope Ryan will be back in school soon. I know everyone hopes he's okay. Everyone in Ms. Sinclair's class is sorry.
~Megan Packard
Megan Packard
January 17, 2006
My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Chip. I knew him from the garage door industry, not as a competitor, but as a genuinely good person. He made a difference while in this world and will be missed. I am glad I had the opportunity to know him.
Mike Willis
January 17, 2006
Dear Hess Family - Don and I were so sad to hear of your loss. We know how hard life will be without Chip there with you. We have no doubt, though, that he will be watching over you always, and will be there in spirit for all the special events of your lives going forward. May the Holy Ghost comfort you at this very difficult and sad time. Our love to you all. Don and Sherry Kitchin
Sherry Kitchin
January 17, 2006
Dear Chips family,
I am so sad today. I have missed Chip since I left NWD and now I miss him so much more. It was so fun to work with him and hear all about the kids and their sports. Thank you for allowing us to spend time with this awesome guy. My prayers are with you all.
Love, Megan ‘Iloa
Megan 'Iloa
January 17, 2006
Dear Julie,
I am so sorry to hear about Chip. He was such a great guy. I will always remember how kind he was and friendly. You two were such wonderful people. My prayers are with you at this time.
Michele (Vincent) Rasmussen
January 17, 2006
My heart goes out to your family in this time of sorrow. You are in my prayers and thoughts at this time. May God give you the strength to endure another loss in such a short time.
Cheryl Frost (Munk)
January 17, 2006
Hello Hess family. I just want to send my deepest love and appreciation for Chip and for you guys. Chip was an absolute blast to work for and i loved coming to work and being around him. i know we all miss him but the joy of the gospel is the knowledge (not the assumption) that we will see him and be together again. You have a huge network of love , family and friends and i hope that you can consider me a friend. i love you all so much and i'm so sorry for your loss. all my love Nicole Hancock
Nicole Hancock
January 17, 2006
Beatrice,
Suzie and I are so sad for your loss, we loved Chip so much. He was always such a joy to be around and play ball with. I am happy his fight is finally over and he is in a much better place now. Know he will always be remembered by us with kind and wonderfull thoughts. Our prayers are with you and your family to help you as you say your good byes Chip. The best news is he will always be with you. I wish we could be there for you and at his funeral. Please know that our thoughts are there.

Love always,

Todd and Suzie Lindsey
Todd Lindsey
January 17, 2006
We were so saddened to hear of Chip's passing. He was such a great man, and I'm sure the Lord has a glorious work for him. Beatrice, we wish you comfort and and understanding during this tough time. You and your children will always have a beautiful guardian angel watching over you... Our thoughts and prayers are with you...
Suzie and Todd Lindsey
January 17, 2006
Oh my! I am so sorry about the passing of your loved one. My sister Jill died of ALS in 1993 leaving 2 sons ages 9 and 6. She fought for 5 LONG years. I understand your pain.
Jennifer
January 17, 2006
Hello Dear Family of Chip Hess, I read with great heaviness of heart the obituary of your beloved husband and father. My son-in-law is 42 years old with 5 children and was diagnosed 15 months ago with ALS. I wish I could glean all of your knowledge in order to help my daughter care for him. May the Lord bless you and your family with His comforting spirit, knowing where Chip resides today and his great reward for his faithfulness.
Sincerely, Pat Jensen
Patricia Jensen
January 17, 2006
God Bless you, and be with you in this trying time. God also knows how hard you tried to make his last days pleasant.
Lisa Brackenbury
January 17, 2006
What a Man! Our family was so blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know you and your family. You were always there with a friendly smile and funny joke to make everyone feel welcome. We are so greatful for the baseball and soccer lessons you so enthusiastically taught our son. We are forever indebted to you for the great example you've been to our son and us as a coach, family man and friend. I was amazed that even in your most difficult hour your concern was always for others. You are indeed a great disciple of Christ. We will all strive to be better because of you. Thank you my friend. We'll pray for your family may God bless them.

Love-
The Owen Family
Dan Owen
January 17, 2006
My heartfelt sorrow and tender emotions are with you at this time when you are experiencing such a loss. The past two days have been tender and sympathetic with Dan as he has grieved for his nearest and dearest 'Chop Chop'. But what a joy it was to hear humorous story after story until 2:30am this morning of their memories together. Dan actually had tears from laughing so hard as he recounting so many hilarious and treasured times together. Chip must have laughed along and enjoyed 'listening in '! They are eternal and best friends...so connected! What a gift and a blessing it has been for me to meet and know Chip and your family. You are so special and we pray that the comforter will be with you and your family, that you will be surrounded by the love of Chip and our Savior.
Penni Sumsion
January 17, 2006
Chip was my friend. I never knew anyone who had such a talent as he, to befriend others. His kind, loving manner opened 'doors' to all.

A couple of weeks ago, I asked Lynn for his address, because I wanted to stop by and see him. I had such a strong feeling to drop by, but I didn't get to. Why did't I listened to that prompting? I had no idea that his time was drawing so near. I thought this would go on for years. I will really miss him, but I will always remember that smile, his laughter and his warmth.

Stephen Burr
Stephen Burr
January 17, 2006
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