Russell Fred Healey, son of Russell Fred Healey and Adelaide Mae Jarvis, was born February 2, 1949 in Salt Lake City. His younger years were spent on Emerson Avenue, just above 700 East. When he was six years old, his family moved to their lifelong home in East Millcreek. Fred attended East Millcreek Elementary, Wasatch Junior High, and graduated from Skyline High School where he played football and served as the seminary president. His next step took him on his two-year mission to New Zealand, where he fell in love with the beautiful Māori people. When he returned, he attended the University of Utah, attaining a BS degree in business and graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in finance.

Fred married Jill Whittaker on August 20, 1970 and they formed a team that would work, serve and love together for the next 52 years. Fred spent his working years in varied business places, including Wallace Associates, owner of Ponderosa Steak House, Feature Films for Families, faculty member at the University of Utah and Westminster College in the real estate field, and Challenger Schools. His favorite business was the Healey Company, where he was able to use his real estate expertise and his unmatched business sense to create multiple business ventures and partnerships. As side responsibilities, he served on the boards of US Bank, Challenger Schools and Utah Community Bank. His time with Utah Community Bank grew as he assumed the position of Chairman of the Board. As the bank grew, it added a side entity from New York and the bank name was changed to Finwise Bank. Fred worked tirelessly for months with a team to take Finwise public on the New York Stock Exchange. He felt this one accomplishment was the cherry on top of his entire business career!

Fred had a strong desire to uplift and serve in the community. He served on the Eagle Scout Breakfast Board honoring all eagle scout recipients and their parents at a breakfast in the Little America Hotel. Granite Education Foundation had a stronghold on his heart for many years as he was responsible for creating many new methods to raise money for the children of the Granite School District. He served as president of the foundation from 1998-2001. Though he never joined the Lions Club, he was forever a Fourth of July member, always bringing most of his family along. While all the adults in the family worked in the kitchen serving breakfast, the teenage grandchildren ran all of the games in the midway.

At the beginning of 2016, Fred threw in his hat to run for mayor of the new city of Millcreek, which he had worked long and hard to create. Then in June, Fred’s health took a turn for the worse and, while he had to officially resign from the race, he never stopped serving the city of Millcreek.

Physical exercise was always an important part of Fred’s life. He ran for years with his neighborhood friends and completed four marathons. For many years we would have to drive his car out to the Sports Mall at night so that the next morning he could run to the mall and work out. It was there that he learned and fell in love with racquetball. He actually became pretty competitive! But his biggest love was the golf course – any golf course. He played in many tournaments with business associates, friends, and especially his sons.

Fred loved the Lord and served wherever he was asked. The youth were the focus of his church responsibilities for many years. He served as scoutmaster, High Counselor, Stake Young Men President, counselor in the Stake Presidency for nine years serving the young men and young women, Bishop and Counselor in singles wards, and coordinator in the baptistry of the Salt Lake and Jordan River Temples. His very favorite calling was teaching Gospel Doctrine.

The place where Fred felt the most satisfaction, and where he truly shined, was as the patriarch of his large family. He loved fiercely. Each child and grandchild knew they had a big piece of his heart. Lovingly known as “Papa Fred,” he did all things “grandpa”: attended games of soccer, baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse; dance recitals, school plays, and grandparents’ day. He took every chance he had to support his family. Teenagers’ club for all grandkids, ages 11 and up, included Sunday dinner at Grandpa and Grandma’s house followed by a lesson. Papa Fred never passed up an opportunity to bear his testimony to his grandchildren. He wanted them to truly know what he believed.

Fred was generous and fun, taking his family on many trips. He made cherished memories with them at the beach, Disney, Bear Lake, Florida, Park City, and at the family homes in St. George. He made certain that no tradition was ever lost or forgotten. He spent every New Year’s in St. George with the entire crew, had Easter egg hunts, bought mandevilla plants and Leslie’s pastries for all the moms in the family for Mothers’ Day, flipped pancakes on the Fourth of July, swam at the Evergreen Swimming Club, golfed, visited the Utah State Fair every September, carved pumpkins, played bingo every Thanksgiving, rode the bus to see Santa at the mall, attended the Forgotten Carols, lit up our home like Clark Griswold, and spoiled everyone on Christmas Day. He loved traditions and once a good event happened, it became an every-year event!

In June 2000, Fred was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer). The doctors gave him 2 1/2 to 3 years. At that time our world felt shattered. He began treatment immediately. After 10 years with Dr. Clyde Ford as his oncologist, Clyde closed the practice to go on a mission. Fred asked him how he could go and leave his patient, and he quickly replied, “ I never expected you to live so long!” He then began treatment under the diligent care of Dr. William Nibley and Anita McDonald. His treatment of chemotherapy continued for the next 10 years.

This past winter, Fred hit a wall with his treatment. The side effects of the past 21 years of meds had totally ruined his bone marrow and his body could no longer produce blood. Alternative procedures were tried month after month with no results. For the past several months, he has just survived on blood and platelet transfusions. We count about 30 to 35 of them! He ultimately passed away from a brain bleed caused from aplastic anemia.

We add all this information to help one realize how truly tough, courageous and persistent he was. For over half of his years in the workplace he was also battling cancer. He constantly pushed himself to maintain his busy schedule with family work and social. He kept his daily calendar filled with more appointments and deadlines than were physically possible, but not for Fred! His work responsibilities were demanding executive positions, but somehow, like only Fred Healey could, he was able to multitask his way through it all!

Our family recognizes and has strong gratitude for the many miracles and blessings we have been given over the past 22 years that have allowed us to have more time with our husband, our dad, and our grandpa!

Fred is survived by his wife, Jill, seven children, 35 grandchildren and two great granddaughters:

Holly & Patrick Brain (Lauren & Matt Wilcox & baby Eloise, Tanner & Savannah Brain, Abbey & Sam Whipperman, Elder Conner Brain, Jensen), Heather & John Peterson (Hannah & Tanner Squires & baby Gwennie, Christian, Elder Josh Peterson, Haley, Sarah Jane, Ashton, Addie), Travis & Mindy Healey (Austin, Tate, Taylor, Lexi, Landon, Jake, Sophie), Tyler & Melanie Healey (Tyson, Carter, Lincoln, Tess), Colby & Lindsey Healey (Caylin, Bree, Lia, Nora), Creed & Amanda Healey (Callie, Cole, Weston, Madison), Brett & Lisa Healey (Elle, Olivia, Winnifred, Penny.) Fred is also survived by his three brothers, Jim (Joan), Arthur (Laurie), and Patrick (Diane); Brother in Law Rich Whittaker (Shelley), Sister in Law Ginger Hyde (Gerald) and the entire Evans family. Preceded in death by his parents, Russell & Adelaide Healey, and Jill’s parents, Joe & Marva Whittaker.

Services will be held on Monday, October 17th, with a viewing from 10:00-11:30, and the funeral at noon. The previous evening, Sunday, October 16th, a viewing will be held from 6:00-8:00. All events will be held at the East Millcreek Stake Center (3103 East 3600 South). Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

Virtual services are available at the following link: https://zoom.us/j/97763700187, a free zoom account is required to attend.

Services

Viewing

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
East Millcreek Stake Center
3103 East 3600 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Livestream Service

Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Viewing

Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
East Millcreek Stake Center
3103 East 3600 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Funeral Service

Monday, Oct. 17, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
East Millcreek Stake Center
3103 East 3600 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Services Handled By

Larkin Sunset Lawn
2350 E 1300 S
Salt Lake City, UT

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Jill and family -

I was at a farewell yesterday and heard the news of Fred's passing. I am so sorry to hear this and that I have found out too late. I will get in touch with you, but I am so sorry to hear that one of my hero's has passed on! I loved Fred and your family!

Love, Edie May Woodland Morgan EMC 2nd ward

Edie Morgan , Salt Lake City, UT, US Oct 31, 2022

Jill and family -

I was at a farewell yesterday and heard the news of Fred's passing. I am so sorry to hear this and that I have found out too late. I will get in touch with you, but I am so sorry to hear that one of my hero's has passed on! I loved Fred and your family!

Love, Edie May Woodland Morgan EMC 2nd ward

Edie Morgan , Salt Lake City, UT, US Oct 31, 2022

Jill and family -

I was at a farewell yesterday and heard the news of Fred's passing. I am so sorry to hear this and that I have found out too late. I will get in touch with you, but I am so sorry to hear that one of my hero's has passed on! I loved Fred and your family!

Love, Edie May Woodland Morgan EMC 2nd ward

Edie Morgan , Salt Lake City, UT, US Oct 31, 2022

Dear Jill and Healey Family,

Fred was my friend and mentor and I will cherish my memories with him. It was so fun to have him teach my class at Westminster after having taken his class at the University of Utah when I was in college.

Liz and I have been living and serving in Sweden the past 6 weeks and we missed Fred's funeral. Otherwise, we would have been there!!! Fred and I have meeting for breakfast for many years and in the last few months have been corresponding by text.

I will miss him and will always treasure my friendship with him.

My very sincere condolences,

Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson , Park City, UT, US Oct 20, 2022

Dear Jill and Healey Family,

Fred was my friend and mentor and I will cherish my memories with him. It was so fun to have him teach my class at Westminster after having taken his class at the University of Utah when I was in college.

Liz and I have been living and serving in Sweden the past 6 weeks and we missed Fred's funeral. Otherwise, we would have been there!!! Fred and I have meeting for breakfast for many years and in the last few months have been corresponding by text.

I will miss him and will always treasure my friendship with him.

My very sincere condolences,

Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson , Park City, UT, US Oct 20, 2022

Dear Jill and Healey Family,

Fred was my friend and mentor and I will cherish my memories with him. It was so fun to have him teach my class at Westminster after having taken his class at the University of Utah when I was in college.

Liz and I have been living and serving in Sweden the past 6 weeks and we missed Fred's funeral. Otherwise, we would have been there!!! Fred and I have meeting for breakfast for many years and in the last few months have been corresponding by text.

I will miss him and will always treasure my friendship with him.

My very sincere condolences,

Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson , Park City, UT, US Oct 20, 2022

Dear Jill and Healey Family,

Fred was my friend and mentor and I will cherish my memories with him. It was so fun to have him teach my class at Westminster after having taken his class at the University of Utah when I was in college.

Liz and I have been living and serving in Sweden the past 6 weeks and we missed Fred's funeral. Otherwise, we would have been there!!! Fred and I have meeting for breakfast for many years and in the last few months have been corresponding by text.

I will miss him and will always treasure my friendship with him.

My very sincere condolences,

Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson , Park City, UT, US Oct 20, 2022

Dear Healey Family,

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful person that was your husband and father.

Hal & I love Every. Single. One. Of you so much! What happy, fun, meaningful memories we have of Fred, and all of you, who had the privilege of being married to, & growing up at his knee. What a legacy he left.

Fred truly was one of those people that ALWAYS made you smile and ALWAYS made you feel like you were his best friend, no matter how long it had been since you had seen him.

The memories we have of The Healy family driving, walking dancing, skipping past our house during the 4th of July parade down Evergreen, are forever seared in our hearts.

Along with our family, we know so many who have commented over the years about what a wonderful man Fred was! Hal still references a talk Fred gave years ago in Stake Conference about relationships, and how at the end of the day, really the only thing we take with us as we exit this mortal journey, is relationships. What a HUGE suitcase Fred had to pack before he left.

The world lost a great one with his passing.

We are so sorry we missed everything. We were out of town until Monday evening.

May your journey without Fred's physical body here with you, begin with the happiest memories & faith in the glorious plan our Father has given us.

With deepest condolences & heart felt love for you all,

Janet & Hal Reiser

Janet & Hal Reiser Oct 18, 2022

Dear Healy Family,

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful person that was your husband and father.

Hal & I love Every. Single. One. Of you so much! What happy, fun, meaningful memories we have of Fred, and all of you, who had the privilege of being married to, & growing up at his knee. What a legacy he left.

Fred truly was one of those people that ALWAYS made you smile and ALWAYS made you feel like you were his best friend, no matter how long it had been since you had seen him.

The memories we have of The Healy family driving, walking dancing, skipping past our house during the 4th of July parade down Evergreen, are forever seared in our hearts.

Along with our family, we know so many who have commented over the years about what a wonderful man Fred was! Hal still references a talk Fred gave years ago in Stake Conference about relationships, and how at the end of the day, really the only thing we take with us as we exit this mortal journey, is relationships. What a HUGE suitcase Fred had to pack before he left.

The world lost a great one with his passing.

We are so sorry we missed everything. We were out of town until Monday evening.

May your journey without Fred's physical body here with you, begin with the happiest memories & faith in the glorious plan our Father has given us.

With deepest condolences & heart felt love for you all,

Janet & Hal Reiser

Janet & Hal Reiser Oct 18, 2022

Dear Healy Family,

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful person that was your husband and father.

Hal & I love Every. Single. One. Of you so much! What happy, fun, meaningful memories we have of Fred, and all of you, who had the privilege of being married to, & growing up at his knee. What a legacy he left.

Fred truly was one of those people that ALWAYS made you smile and ALWAYS made you feel like you were his best friend, no matter how long it had been since you had seen him.

The memories we have of The Healy family driving, walking dancing, skipping past our house during the 4th of July parade down Evergreen, are forever seared in our hearts.

Along with our family, we know so many who have commented over the years about what a wonderful man Fred was! Hal still references a talk Fred gave years ago in Stake Conference about relationships, and how at the end of the day, really the only thing we take with us as we exit this mortal journey, is relationships. What a HUGE suitcase Fred had to pack before he left.

The world lost a great one with his passing.

We are so sorry we missed everything. We were out of town until Monday evening.

May your journey without Fred's physical body here with you, begin with the happiest memories & faith in the glorious plan our Father has given us.

With deepest condolences & heart felt love for you all,

Janet & Hal Reiser

Janet & Hal Reiser Oct 18, 2022

Dear Healy Family,

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful person that was your husband and father.

Hal & I love Every. Single. One. Of you so much! What happy, fun, meaningful memories we have of Fred, and all of you, who had the privilege of being married to, & growing up at his knee. What a legacy he left.

Fred truly was one of those people that ALWAYS made you smile and ALWAYS made you feel like you were his best friend, no matter how long it had been since you had seen him.

The memories we have of The Healy family driving, walking dancing, skipping past our house during the 4th of July parade down Evergreen, are forever seared in our hearts.

Along with our family, we know so many who have commented over the years about what a wonderful man Fred was! Hal still references a talk Fred gave years ago in Stake Conference about relationships, and how at the end of the day, really the only thing we take with us as we exit this mortal journey, is relationships. What a HUGE suitcase Fred had to pack before he left.

The world lost a great one with his passing.

We are so sorry we missed everything. We were out of town until Monday evening.

May your journey without Fred's physical body here with you, begin with the happiest memories & faith in the glorious plan our Father has given us.

With deepest condolences & heart felt love for you all,

Janet & Hal Reiser

Janet & Hal Reiser Oct 18, 2022

I've been out of town and didn't know that Fred (Phred) had passed away. I'm sorry that I missed the funeral this morning. He is such a great man and I'm a better person for having known him. He served as my YM President, Home Teacher, Scout Master, counselor in our Stake Presidency, etc. I'll keep the Healey family in my prayers at this difficult time.

Andy Nielsen , Murray, UT, US Oct 17, 2022

My dear brother:

Although I meet with you for maybe hours it was enough to change my life. Amen to all the things your family said about you. I make those words mine. I can't express my feelings, as well as your family did but I have the same ones.

I enjoyed the Spirit that was with you every time we got together.

I treasure all your teachings. I treasure the love you have had for me.

Despite all the prayers and faith in them, your time came. It's the Lord's will.

Also, I know the time will come when I'll meet you again. I'll try to follow your example so that might happen. Thank you Fred for everything. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity of knowing you.

George

Jorge Duris , Provo, UT, US Oct 17, 2022

We are out of town, but so wish to honor Fred and your family. You are examples of love, excellence and service.

Kathy and Pat English , Salt Lake City, UT, US Oct 17, 2022

So sad to hear about Fred’s passing. Prayers to you Jill and family. I loved Fred like a second father. He was my Young Mens leader and treated me like gold. We played basketball many Saturday mornings at the church and we had fun. He was such a hard worker and he loved people. If it weren’t for his cancer, he’d still be going 24 hours a day helping, teaching, loving and showing everyone how life should be lived. I’ll miss him and wish I could be there for his services. God bless you Bro. Healey, you’re the best!!

Brian Engman , St. George, UT, US Oct 15, 2022

So sad to hear about Fred’s passing. Prayers to you Jill and family. I loved Fred like a second father. He was my Young Mens leader and treated me like gold. We played basketball many Saturday mornings at the church and we had fun. He was such a hard worker and he loved people. If it weren’t for his cancer, he’d still be going 24 hours a day helping, teaching, loving and showing everyone how life should be lived. I’ll miss him and wish I could be there for his services. God bless you Bro. Healey, you’re the best!!

Brian Engman , St. George, UT, US Oct 15, 2022

So sad to hear about Fred’s passing. Prayers to you Jill and family. I loved Fred like a second father. He was my Young Mens leader and treated me like gold. We played basketball many Saturday mornings at the church and we had fun. He was such a hard worker and he loved people. If it weren’t for his cancer, he’d still be going 24 hours a day helping, teaching, loving and showing everyone how life should be lived. I’ll miss him and wish I could be there for his services. God bless you Bro. Healey, you’re the best!!

Brian Engman , St. George, UT, US Oct 15, 2022

So sad to hear about Fred’s passing. Prayers to you Jill and family. I loved Fred like a second father. He was my Young Mens leader and treated me like gold. We played basketball many Saturday mornings at the church and we had fun. He was such a hard worker and he loved people. If it weren’t for his cancer, he’d still be going 24 hours a day helping, teaching, loving and showing everyone how life should be lived. I’ll miss him and wish I could be there for his services. God bless you Bro. Healey, you’re the best!!

Brian Engman , St. George, UT, US Oct 15, 2022

So sad to hear about Fred’s passing. Prayers to you Jill and family. I loved Fred like a second father. He was my Young Mens leader and treated me like gold. We played basketball many Saturday mornings at the church and we had fun. He was such a hard worker and he loved people. If it weren’t for his cancer, he’d still be going 24 hours a day helping, teaching, loving and showing everyone how life should be lived. I’ll miss him and wish I could be there for his services. God bless you Bro. Healey, you’re the best!!

Brian Engman , St. George, UT, US Oct 15, 2022

So sad to hear about Fred’s passing. Prayers to you Jill and family. I loved Fred like a second father. He was my Young Mens leader and treated me like gold. We played basketball many Saturday mornings at the church and we had fun. He was such a hard worker and he loved people. If it weren’t for his cancer, he’d still be going 24 hours a day helping, teaching, loving and showing everyone how life should be lived. I’ll miss him and wish I could be there for his services. God bless you Bro. Healey, you’re the best!!

Brian Engman , St. George, UT, US Oct 15, 2022

So sad to hear about Fred’s passing. Prayers to you Jill and family. I loved Fred like a second father. He was my Young Mens leader and treated me like gold. We played basketball many Saturday mornings at the church and we had fun. He was such a hard worker and he loved people. If it weren’t for his cancer, he’d still be going 24 hours a day helping, teaching, loving and showing everyone how life should be lived. I’ll miss him and wish I could be there for his services. God bless you Bro. Healey, you’re the best!!

Brian Engman , St. George, UT, US Oct 15, 2022

So sad to hear about Fred’s passing. Prayers to you Jill and family. I loved Fred like a second father. He was my Young Mens leader and treated me like gold. We played basketball many Saturday mornings at the church and we had fun. He was such a hard worker and he loved people. If it weren’t for his cancer, he’d still be going 24 hours a day helping, teaching, loving and showing everyone how life should be lived. I’ll miss him and wish I could be there for his services. God bless you Bro. Healey, you’re the best!!

Brian Engman , St. George, UT, US Oct 15, 2022

We will forever be thankful for our eternal friend Fred Healey who taught us the flannel board lessons and testified of the fulness of the gospel. It has been the strength we needed in the different trials in life. We pray the family will rely on the sweet family memories until they are together again. Love you dear friend! Til we meet again.

Bob and Sherrie Rudy , 2600 Lakeshore Rd. # 135, NH, US Oct 15, 2022

We were saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at Zions Bank. We had some good times, playing Rook and eating Cherry pie…pits included! lol Be at peace knowing he is enjoying a new adventures and with his parents again. Love Chuck & Rise Argyle.

Risë and Chuck Argyle , Sandy , UT, US Oct 15, 2022

We were saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at Zions Bank. We had some good times, playing Rook and eating Cherry pie…pits included! lol Be at peace knowing he is enjoying a new adventures and with his parents again. Love Chuck & Rise Argyle.

Risë and Chuck Argyle , Sandy , UT, US Oct 15, 2022

We were saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at Zions Bank. We had some good times, playing Rook and eating Cherry pie…pits included! lol Be at peace knowing he is enjoying a new adventures and with his parents again. Love Chuck & Rise Argyle.

Risë and Chuck Argyle , Sandy , UT, US Oct 15, 2022

Our prayers go out to your family at this sad time. Fred was an exceptionL man and greatly loved by all who met him. Adrian has surgery on Monday so we will miss his funeral, but we will be thinking and praying for your family.

Diane De Man

Diane De Man , kWest Valley, UT, US Oct 14, 2022

I knew Fred in the context of serving on the Millcreek Planning Commission. Fred's children can be genuinely proud of their dad. Having observed and worked with him over several years, I can say that Fred, as he worked through planning and zoning issues, always had the best interests of the community in mind.

Tom Stephens , Millcreek, UT, US Oct 13, 2022

I am so sorry to hear this news. We have lost a good man who was a fixture in my childhood. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Miles Romney , Murray, UT, US Oct 13, 2022

Jill and family,

We loved Fred and enjoyed working with him on all of the Challenger projects. We will miss him.

Rick Steed Oct 13, 2022

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