Saturday, August 3, 2013

Here is the Obituary for Joel L. Carpenter

Joel L Carpenter
May 21, 1935 – August 2, 2013

Joel LeVern Carpenter, age 78, of West Valley City, Utah passed away peacefully on August 2, 2013 in South Salt Lake, Utah. Joel was born May 21, 1935 in Evanston, Wyoming, a son of Raymond Linzy and Verbena Mary Stringer Carpenter. He was the youngest of twelve children.

Joel graduated from Evanston High School in 1953. Joel was an active member of the LDS church. He served a mission to the Hawaiian Islands from 1955-57. He learned the Hawaiian Language, and would often utter phrases in Hawaiian. Some of the last words he spoke were in Hawaiian. Joel would go on to enjoy serving in many church callings throughout his life.

He married Myra Ann Hatch, of Randolph, Utah on October 17, 1957 in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple, just a few months after returning from his mission. Joel and Myra met on a blind date. Myra waited for Joel while he served on his mission. Later, while on military leave, Joel and Myra were able to go to Hawaii. He was able take Myra with him as they visited the people and places that he had known on his mission which was a special experience for them both.

Joel enlisted in the Air Force (1958-1962) shortly after his mission and marriage. (It was either join the air force, or be drafted into the Army!) He was stationed in: Mississippi, Florida, Johnston Island in the Pacific, and in Lompoc, California. Their first two children, David and Jeannette were born while Joel was serving in the military.

Following his military service, Joel completed training as an electronics technician. In 1963, Joel began his Civil Service career at the Tooele Army Depot where he worked in electronic instrument calibration and quality assurance. Later he transferred to the Defense Logistics Agency. Joel received a distinguished service award for 30 years in federal Civil Service. He was proud of the 34 years that he served his Country, which he dearly loved.

Joel enjoyed traveling and seeing our beautiful nation. He was sent to many locales during his working career. Some of his favorite places were the Redrock Country of Southern Utah, and the wilds of Alaska. He also got to visit many historical sites as well in his travels. He was proud that he was able to visit all 50 states. North Dakota was the last state on his list, which he was able to visit in August of 2003. Joel had a love of music, art and literature, and he was exceptionally good at leather craft, woodworking, and photography. He always loved to sing, and had a nice voice, something he is sure to be doing now, with a voice clear and sweet once more.

Joel is survived by his wife, Myra and his four children: David (Dawn Ann) Carpenter, Jeannette Carpenter, Mark (Meridee) Carpenter, and Douglas (Rebecca) Carpenter, 10 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Joel is also survived by two sisters: Bessie (Frank) Wirig and Bernice Rima. He is preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and three sisters.

The family expresses deep gratitude to Majestic Care Center for their kind and loving service to Joel. They treated him so nicely -- just like family would have. We are deeply grateful for the care Joel received during the nearly 3 years he was in their care.

We love you, and will miss you, but we know that you are in a far better place. May you find the peace and joy that will be yours as you reunite with family and loved ones who have gone on before. God be with you ‘till we meet again. Families are forever!

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at noon in the Granger South Stake Center located at: 4586 West 3960 South, in West Valley City, Utah. Friends may call at the McDougal Funeral Home at 4330 South Redwood Road in Taylorsville, Utah from 6-8 pm on Tuesday August 6th and at the Stake Center on Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 am prior to the Service. Interment will take place at the Randolph, Utah City Cemetery at noon on Thursday August 8, 2013.

Directions to the Granger South Stake Center (where the funeral will be held):

  • From I-15, take the 33rd south Exit.
  • Go westbound on 3300 South (it will eventually turn into 3500 South.)
  • Continue westbound on 3500 South until you reach 4400 West.
  • Turn left (southbound) onto 4400 West.
  • Proceed southbound on 4400 West until you reach Volta Ave (3965 South) – it will be the 5th street on your right from 3500 South.
  • Turn right (westbound) onto Volta Ave, and continue westbound until you reach the stake center at 4586 West.