Kim J Abplanalp passed away on July 26, 2020 after a brief but valiant fight against brain cancer. Kim was born on June 11, 1956 to Jay & Euelues Abplanalp in Vernal, UT. He loved Vernal & used to tell stories of riding his horse to the gas station to buy peanuts & a Coke.

As a child his family moved to Cottonwood Heights where his dad ran a service station - Jay’s Gulf. Kim married the love of his life, Sandra Ames on August 29, 1978. Oh, how he loved her. Together they raised four boys: Chance, RD, Joel, & Bryce in Riverton, UT.

He was always a cowboy at heart & passed that love of rodeo down to most of his kids. Kim worked nearly his entire career at Hercules (& whatever other company it became along the way) until he retired with Northrop Grumman just last year. He loved his job & met many wonderful people. He was so proud of the work they did.

Kim loved to hunt & fish with his friends & family. He loved hunting pheasants in South Dakota or bears in Canada, but he especially loved his cabin in Fruitland. Our family has many wonderful memories there hunting & fishing & being together. Kim loved his family.

He is survived by his beautiful wife who he loved dearly, Sandi; his four boys: Chance, Ryan (Jetta), Joel, & Bryce (Jeffrey); five grandchildren that he adored & was so proud of: Blaze, McKaylee, Rev, LaRue, & Ridge; and his siblings Pamela (Bill) & David (Flora). His loving parents preceded him in death & surely welcomed him home. Our family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, & all the doctors & nurses & others that treated Kim & supported our family.

A viewing will be held Thursday July 30 from 6-8pm at Larkin Mortuary (3688 W 12600 S Riverton, UT.) Due to health department guidelines, a small private funeral will be held Friday July 31 at 11am at Larkin Mortuary, preceded by a 30 minute viewing.



Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Larkin Mortuary Riverton
3688 W 12600 S
Riverton, UT 84020

Funeral Service

Friday, Jul. 31, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Larkin Mortuary - Riverton
3688 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT 84065

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Larkin Mortuary - Riverton
3688 West 12600 South
Riverton, UT

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Jul 28, 2020

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Sandi and Family

We are so, so sorry for your loss. We just heard of Kim's passing. Please know that we loved being in your ward for 14 years and loved being around you, Kim and your boys. What a wonderful family, we loved Kim's cowboy spirit and zest for life. He will be missed.

With all our love, Gary & Amy Young

Gary & Amy Young Aug 17, 2020

Sandi and family,

I thoroughly enjoyed my 15 years working with Kim at Hercules. We worked hard and laughed hard. I remember him telling me about his bull riding days and him showing me his false teeth, great memories. What a good man he was.

Barbara Swain Jul 30, 2020

So sad to hear of Kim's passing. I enjoyed working with him for decades. Great man

Joseph paustenbaugh Jul 29, 2020

So sorry to hear of Kims passing. Jetta and RD, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Much love, Emmi, Stoan and Lake Morrison

Emmi Morrison Jul 28, 2020