"Gone Fishing!"

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Arly Pedersen of Bountiful, Utah, passed away unexpectedly, though peacefully, on Sunday, 11 July 2021, in Crookston, MN. He was born in Esbjerg, Denmark on 12 August 1946, to Villiam and Thora Hess (Thomsen) Pedersen and immigrated to America with his family. He later went back to Denmark to serve an LDS mission.

Arly married Charlene Nancy Frost in the Salt Lake Temple on 5 July 1969. Later divorced. Together, they had nine children.

By trade, he was a master pattern maker. Some of his works included the molds for the beehives in front of the capitol building in Salt Lake, as well as several iconic signs still in use in Disney World.

Arly was a devoted husband, father, scoutmaster, neighbor, friend, and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was loving and Christ-like, a friend to all he met. He would go out of his way to help anyone he could.

Besides church, family, and scouting, his passions included patriotism to this country, camping, hiking, fishing, art, sculpting, traveling, and running. He was a member of the American Party and served as its National Chairman for 20+ years. Among his countless races, he ran 52 marathons, the final one being when he was 70 years old. He loved the outdoors! Few people knew the Uintahs as well as he did. His last trip to the Uintah Mountains was a six-day, 40-mile excursion with his scout troop, one week before his passing. Only a few days were separating that adventure from his concluding earthly crusade which found him on a road trip in northern Minnesota with four of his grandsons, intent on going fishing in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". He never stopped truly LIVING his life right to the end.

Preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ruth; one brother, Melvin; a granddaughter, Aliza; and a great-grandson, Micah.

He is survived by two brothers, David (Pam) and Ezra; his children, Rana (Bruce) Williams, Karen (Doug) Wickliffe, Nathan (Breann) Pedersen, Glendon (Rebekah) Pedersen, Yvonne (Anthony) Wilding, Ezra (Kristy) Pedersen, William (Heather) Pedersen, Donna (Les) Jensen, and Phillip; also 44 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

There will be a viewing at Lake Hills Mortuary at 10055 S State St. in Sandy, on Sunday, July 18th, 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Bountiful 1st ward building at 55 S Main St. in Bountiful on Monday, July 19th at 11:30 with a viewing preceding from 9-11 a.m. at that same location. Scout uniforms are welcome at the services.

to join the funeral via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/2318311984?pwd=OHhMWkJBR1FsY2JBVGlaV3dDNStUdz09



Sunday, Jul. 18, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Memorial Lake Hills Mortuary
10055 South State Street
Sandy, UT 84070


Monday, Jul. 19, 2021 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
55 South Main Street
Bountiful, UT 84010

Funeral Service

Monday, Jul. 19, 2021 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
55 South Main Street
Bountiful, UT 84010

Services Handled By

Memorial Lake Hills Mortuary & Cemetery
10055 S State Street
Sandy, UT

Life Story Info

Post Date

Jul 15, 2021

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Arly and I lived in 1st ward. We played violin. He was a good friend. I will miss him.

Sharlene parsons nolan , Salt lake, UT, US Sep 17, 2021

I remember the scouting activities, and your scouting excitement!

Kenneth Burgener , Johnstown, CO, US Jul 18, 2021


We love you dear, you'll always be in your thoughts! Thank you for always being so kind.

Amanda Sullivan , Eagle Mountain, UT, US Jul 18, 2021

Arly was a dear friend and we spent many years side by side in the scouting program serving with him. Too many stories to tell here, but wonderful memories of a dedicated scouter and man.

Our children grew up with his and he was a scout leader to our sons.

We are so sad that he is gone, but grateful for all the wonderful times to remember.

To all his children we send our love and sympathy. Your dad was a great man! We know you will all feel the loss of him in your lives.

Love Bryan and Rolayne

Bryan and Rolayne Jewkes , West Jordan , UT, US Jul 16, 2021

It was a pleasure to get to know Arly. He was so kind to my sons and my family while we were in the scouting program. He did everything he could to make sure that they felt welcomed and he made scouts fun! He will be missed.

Britney Wilkes and Family , Eagle Mountain, UT, US Jul 16, 2021