Reed LeRoy Eldridge died May 22, 2021 at home in Draper, Utah. Reed was born in Salt Lake City December 6, 1934 to Lawrence Boyd and Mildred Hardy Eldridge, the youngest of their three children. He was raised in Salt Lake City and Milford, Utah. He married Margaret Helen Gemmell, March 6, 1953, they were later sealed in the Los Angeles Temple. They are the proud parents of five sons Len, Michael, Steven, Brian and K.C. Reed loved the great outdoors and soon camping became one of Reed and Margaret’s favorite things to do. So Reed taught each of the boys to fish, hunt, water-ski and enjoy the outdoors, all the things he loved.
Reed and Margaret were blessed to serve in the Jordan River Temple for many years and loved the opportunity to serve together as missionaries at the LDS Employment Office, Sandy, Utah and Starpoint Girls Camp.
Reed is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margaret; his children, Len and Denise, Michael and Julie, Steve and Lori, Brian and Becky, and K.C. and Katie; 10 beloved Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his dearly loved sister Jean and his brother Boyd.
There will be no memorial at this time. Reed will be buried with many of his pioneer forebearers in his beloved Pinto, Utah.
Life Story Info
Something that has always impressed me about Grandpa is the remarkable gift he had to convey deep and meaningful expressions of what it is to be human. He was never afraid to share what was on his mind and heart, whether it was penitence, joy, reverence or a thoughtful story. His last words to me were a genuine but simple "please be careful driving home" because even on his deathbed that's just the sort of caring man he was.
Grandpa faced death with the same sense of humor, fortitude, and matter-of-factness that he had towards life. His example will be felt for a long time after his passing and it goes without saying how much we will all miss him. He really was just the best. ❤️
Dec 6, 2014
Reed’s 80th Birthday Celebration @ The Grand America. (Pictured Top Left to Bottom Right: Brian (Son), Jamielee (Granddaughter), Mike (Son), Margaret (Wife), Len (Son)
May 24, 2021
City Employment Mission and also to call Reed a friend. Reid served with love and touched everyone he came in contact with.