Kendell Timothy, born June 22, 1931, passed away December 1, 2021 in South Jordan Utah, surrounded by the love of his family.
Born to Delbert and Alice Rasmussen Timothy, in the Uintah basin, Utah, where Kendell was the youngest of five children. This is where Kendell spent the early years of his life. At around age 8, his parents moved the family to the Salt Lake Valley where his father worked at the Kennecott Copper Mine in Bingham Canyon.
Kendell enjoyed growing up in the small town of Bingham. He loved playing baseball in junior high and high school. He also played clarinet in the Jordan High School orchestra.
While attending Jordan High School, Kendell met the love of his life, Shirley LaRea Hand. After high school, Kendell and Shirley married in the Salt Lake Temple, February 1, 1951 and established their family in Sandy Utah.
Kendell was a devoted and loving husband to his wife and father to his children, Lynn Emerson, Lori (Pehrson), and Tracy Kendell Timothy, as well as a wonderful grandfather to 16 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren.
Kendell was very active his entire life. He had a long career working at Kennecott, 26 years in the Army National Guard, he also worked as a custodian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and sold insurance for many years. During labor strikes at Kennecott, Kendell did all kinds of work from driving a Coca Cola truck to selling fertilizer and farm equipment. He did what had to be done to provide for his family.
During his years working at Kennecott, Kendell became an accomplished machinist and automobile mechanic. Because of his love for automobiles, people often sought his advice about mechanical issues related to their vehicles. He was known at Kennecott as “Mr. Clean” because he always cleaned his tools and workspace as he worked. This trait followed him for the rest of his life and the cleanliness of his garage was evidence of that.
Kendell loved the outdoors. Some of his favorite activities were washing and waxing his cars, pheasant hunting, fishing, doing yard work, and shooting the basketball with his grandchildren. For many years it was almost impossible to beat him in a game of ‘horse’.
After he retired, Shirley and Kendell served a full time LDS mission in Raleigh North Carolina, where they traveled the mission with the mission president, as well as coordinating missionary apartments and overseeing the mission fleet of vehicles. After their missionary service they spent many years enjoying the warmth of the St. George Utah winters. Here he enjoyed golf, playing cards with friends and many other activities. Kendell became an avid golfer and followed this passion until recently when he could no longer play due to health issues. He even scored a Hole-in-One while playing in St. George.
Kendell is preceded in death by his wife Shirley, parents Delbert, Alice, sisters, Deloris and Marceline, brothers, Dee and Merlin, and two grandsons Jared Pehrson and Jeremy Timothy. Survived by his children, Lynn (Katherine) Timothy, Lori (Dean) Pehrson, Tracy (Dana) Timothy, grand and great-grandchildren, as well as many loved ones and friends.
Our family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to the staff at Riverway Assisted Living Center in South Jordan and Pheasant Run Memory Care Center in South Jordan and Inspiration Hospice for the wonderful care and kindness you have shown our father the past three years. With the difficulties we have all faced the past two years, it brought great comfort knowing that our father was receiving the help and care he needed.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021. The viewing will be held from 10-11am and the Funeral Service will start at 11am. Services and Internment will be held at Memorial Mountain View Mortuary. 3115 East 7800 South Cottonwood Heights, Utah, 84121. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.
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I remember your dad so well playing basketball with us and always beating us. Great memories of the Timothy family. He lived a great life, time to go home and be with Shirley. My older brother Mike pointed out the obituary to me or I’m sure I would have never seen it. Our condolences at your father’s passing.