Gordon Manning Kirkham, dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, 79, ended his life journey on 12/14/23 at home with his loved ones, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Tamara Kirkham, Krista (David) Utrilla, Kathie Barnett, Robert (Jami) Kirkham, Kara Chapman (Danny Erickson), Randy (Lauren) Kirkham, Ryan (Monica) Kirkham and his 14 grandchildren.

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Gordon was brought in this world on May 25, 1944 in Brigham City, Utah, as the eldest of 4 children to Robert and Beth Kirkham. Gordon attended and graduated from Bountiful High School in 1962. Gordon served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Eastern Atlantic States mission covering in the Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania area. Right after his mission he served in the Army Reserves for two years. Gordon then went to the University of Utah graduating in 1969 in Business and received his MBA at Utah State University where he met his sweetheart Tamara Call. Gordon's professional career was with the USPS as the airline and trucking contracting officer for 30 years 9 months. After retiring from USPS, Gordon worked an additional 15 years at US Translation Company. Gordon always has such a positive effect on the people he was around or met. His integrity was unquestionable and faithfulness to every commitment was exacting which reflected throughout his life.

Gordon married his best friend and love of his life, Tamara Call on November 2, 1971 in the Salt Lake Temple. He always made sure his sweetheart was taken care of always. His patience and Christ like love for her radiated throughout their family. They had 6 children that were his world. He introduced them all to his love of music and helped them all in their musical endeavors. Gordon always made sure he was at his kids concerts, sporting events, and extracurricular activities. When not attending these activities, Gordon loved to share his passions with his children by attending Utah football games, basketball games and gymnastics. Once grandchildren came into his life, he said it was the best thing about having children. Gordon loved spending his time with grandkids coming to visit or going to see them at any activity they were a part of.

Away from his career endeavors, Gordon loved golfing and skiing or just getting outside to enjoy the world. Gordon had a passion for cycling, he shared this love for the roads with anyone who would hop on a bike and hit the pavement with him. If he wasn't doing one of these activities, he loved to be out and socializing with people out in public and made so many friends wherever he would go.

The last few years of his life, Gordon battled immense pain involving his cancer as well as other physical ailments. We admire the grace, strength and courage how he handled these health battles. The family would like to thank the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Dr. Tward, Andy Harmon, Trisha Grant, Tanner Clinics Dr. Williams, Dr. Foot and her staff, and Amanda and staff at Performance West.

A public viewing will be held Friday, December 22 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Bountiful Russon Brothers Mortuary. There will also be a brief viewing from 11:45-12:45 prior to the funeral at the Chase Lane Ward. The funeral will be held at the Chase Lane Ward at 1:00 pm with the address of 1125 N 400 W Centerville, UT 84014.

Gordon's life was a journey of faithfulness, integrity and commitment to his savior, family and friends. He left a great impact with anyone involved in his life and he will be greatly missed. His spirit and legacy will continue to inspire anyone who had the opportunity of knowing him.

Services

Funeral Service

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Chase Lane Ward
1125 N 400 W
Centerville , UT 84014

Family

  • Survived By
  • Tamara Kirkham, Wife
  • Krista Utrilla,
  • David Utrilla, Son-in-Law
  • Kathie Barnett, Daughter
  • Robert Kirkham, Son
  • Jami Kirkham, Daughter-in-Law
  • Kara Chapman, Daughter
  • Randy Kirkham, Son
  • Lauren Wolff, Daughter-in-Law
  • Ryan Kirkham, Son
  • Monica Kirkham, Daughter-in-Law
  • Alexandra Utrilla, Granddaughter
  • Thomas Utrilla, Grandson
  • Lyric Utrilla, Grandson
  • Kristiana Utrilla, Granddaughter
  • Weston Barnett (Bri), Grandson
  • Max Barnett, Grandson
  • Braden Barnett, Grandson
  • Montana Chapman, Granddaughter
  • Jack Chapman, Grandson
  • Brighton Chapman, Granddaughter
  • Ryker Kirkham, Grandson
  • Reed Kirkham, Grandson
  • Elsie Kirkham, Granddaughter
  • Curtis Kirkham, Grandson

Life Story Info

Author

Randy Kirkham

Post Date

Dec 19, 2023

Personal Info

Born

Brigham City, Utah, United States

Died

Centerville, United States

Age

79

Gender

Male

Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint

Occupation

Business & Management

Military Affiliation

  • Reserves

Worked For

  • United States Postal Service

Education

  • High School
    Bountiful High
  • Bachelor's
    University Of Utah
  • Master's
    Utah State University
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Oh, my gosh! Can it truly be? My dear, dear friend, Gordon, has left this earthly realm! I just found out today (12/23/2023) that he had passed away. I got the news from dear friends (Sylvia & Ralph Mabey) who happened to be in the mortuary today and saw him in repose.

I will miss Gordon's presence on this crusty old earth. He was so dear to me...one of the best friends I ever had. I love seeing his wonderful smiling face on this page. It catches the essence of his cheerful, kind, and loving behavior. The world has truly lost a very special soul this month.

Karen Rosander , Bountiful, UT, US Dec 23, 2023

Sending our love and condolences, we are very sad to hear of his passing.

Dillon Chen Dec 20, 2023

Sending our love and condolences, we are very sad to hear of his passing.

Dillon Chen Dec 20, 2023

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