Kerry Kay Chipman (age 64) of Orem, Utah died in his home on February 21, 2019 after a courageous 11-month battle with brain cancer. Kerry was born on December 28, 1954 in Provo, Utah to D. Ray Chipman and June Mower.
After graduating from American Fork High School, he served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Milano, Italy. His service sparked the beginning of a lifelong love of the Italian people and culture. He graduated from BYU and married Tamera Bussio in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1983.
Kerry’s 31-year career in the car wash industry began in 1988 when he purchased a Super Wash in Orem, Utah. He talked with, and enjoyed getting to know, his customers. He held a special place in his heart for those with a culturally diverse background. Many lifelong friendships were formed at the car wash. Kerry owned and operated four car washes between Provo and Taylorsville.
Kerry loved to travel with his family and especially enjoyed going for a “burn” (road trip). His favorite destinations included Lake Powell, the Uintah Mountains, southern California and Italy. He claimed Tamera’s relatives from Italy as his own and talked to them almost daily. He always wished to be there with them. Kerry was gifted with language and could speak multiple languages fluently. He made friends wherever he went, and he kept in touch with people from all over the world.
Kerry’s loud, boisterous and unique personality was infectious and made him the center of attention. He made people feel comfortable in an instant, and he loved with his whole heart. He knew no stranger. He had an incredible sense of humor and was larger than life. Those that knew Kerry loved him, and those that met him instantly felt of his love and fun personality. In March 2018, his brain cancer diagnosis manifested this love as many people reached out and shared concern. It was during the last year of his life that he needed Tamera with him always. He honored her and cared deeply for her, especially during his last year. His legacy of love for people and humor live on.
Kerry is survived by his wife Tamera, children Candace (Jared) Lish, Zach (Haley), Cole, five grandchildren (Emery, Alise, Vivian, Hollen and Samson), brother Todd (Lani) and sister Cindy (Michael) Sumsion. He was preceded in death by his parents D. Ray and June, as well as his two brothers Craig and Robby.
A viewing will be held at Nelson Mortuary at 4780 N University Avenue in Provo on Sunday, February 24 from 6:00-8:00pm. A second viewing will be held at the LDS Chapel Monday, February 25 at 575 E 800 N in Orem from 9:30-10:45am. The funeral will follow in the same building at 11:00. The burial will be held at East Lawn Memorial. To express condolences visit www.NelsonMortuary.com
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Our deepest condolences to Kerry's family. Always treasured the time spent with him as a former member of our LDS ward. There never seemed to be a moment when he couldn't make you giggle! He was always positive, upbeat, and anxious to make good things happen. God bless him and his family for brightening up everyone's life!
Chris and I were shocked to here of Kerry's passing. I knew Kerry from working those many years at the Orem carwash. Kerry and I had the unique experience of taking scouts into the Wind River mountains. It was on that trip that we experienced a native American sweat lodge. I am as sorry for those that Kerry left behind as he had so much more to give. I can only believe that his Heavenly Father needed Kerry more than we did. I guess that question will be answered sometime in the future.