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Dorothy Beckstead Dahl

Jul 22, 1930 Mar 7, 2023

Although dementia took her from us many months ago, our incredible mother, Dorothy Claire Beckstead Dahl, 92, passed away peacefully March 7, 2023

Dorothy was born on hot summer day on July 22, 1930, in the upstairs bedroom of her Grandma Cannegieter’s house on Vine Street in Murray.

Her parents, Cleon and Erma Beckstead provided a loving home along the canal in South Jordan where Dorothy grew up with her sibs (Jean DeYoung, JoAnne Reber, (deceased) Garth Beckstead, (deceased). We laughed at the memories she shared of swimming in the canal until a dead pig carcass came floating by, driving before she had a license, almost wrecking the car and putting it back before our grandpa knew what happened. She was a proud Jordan Beetdigger class of 1948, and even when she couldn’t remember her children’s names, she could still sing the school song.

Her life changed in December 1951 when Alan Dahl, a handsome Staff Sergeant, just home from the front lines of Korea walked into the Midvale JCPenney’s where she worked. After a few dates he talked her out of waiting for her missionary. He proposed a short time later and they were married on Sept. 26, 1952, in the Salt Lake Temple. They built a home on “Sugar Street” (7200 So.) in Midvale where they had four of their five children: Jeffrey (Julie), Albuquerque, N.M., Curtis (Joan), Sandy, Jolene (Steve Ison), Decatur, Ill., and Jordan (Sonja) Gilbert, Ariz. In 1963 they moved to Hunter (West Valley) where their youngest, Christian (Suzanne), Draper, joined the family. From there, her progeny grew to include 20 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren – all of whom she loved dearly and who loved her, too.

As she raised her busy family in Hunter, she somehow found time to work as a Secretary at Stansbury and Lake Ridge Elementary Schools. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in numerous callings including Ward and Stake Y.W. President and Bishop’s Wife … twice. The craziness of being a mom of 5 never stopped her from being the “Hostess with the Mostest.” She loved inviting family and friends to parties, dinners or just to play games. Her home was always open to everyone.

As soon as Alan retired, they fulfilled a full-time mission for the Church serving in the Mesa Arizona Visitors Center. In 1994, Dorothy convinced Alan to move to a new house in Riverton. Here they enjoyed their golden years. Together, they served in the Baptistry of the Jordan River Temple for over 18 years. She also typed hundreds of blessings Alan gave while he served as Patriarch. Alan passed away in 2009. She continued living in Riverton until her health began to decline. We would like to thank Cedarwood and Spring Garden Assisted Living for their wonderful care of our Mom over the past years.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 16 at 11am. at the LDS Church located at 13112 S. 700 East, Draper, Utah. A viewing will held prior to the funeral starting at 9:30am. Zoom link below:

Dorothy Dahl Funeral Service

Time: Mar 16, 2023 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Personal Information

Murray, UT US
Draper, UT US
Worked For
Granite School District
Religion and Beliefs
Latter-day Saint
Jordan High School, USU

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Mar 10, 2023
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