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Don Gayle Powell passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on April 2, 2018. He was born in Rexburg, ID to Edward and Thelma Powell on May 27, 1933. He married Lois Marie Messinger Powell on September 30, 1965, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
In his youth, he excelled in basketball, football & baseball in which he played for his high school and college teams. He served a LDS mission to Japan and while there was given the privilege of opening up the Korean mission which became a highlight in his service to the Lord.
Dad was of large stature though his quiet demeanor created a presence of undemanding respect for him. His thoughtful comments were slow coming forth as to not utter unkind words. He had a great love for our family, and the desire to see us often kept our large family as united as possible from across state lines. To him, family was his most precious treasure. He has been blessed with 9 children, 26 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren, with one on the way, and one great-great-grandchild.
His further service in the Lord’s church created many wonderful friendships in which he set the example of Christ-like love. With his wife Marie, he was also able to serve an inner-city mission for the LDS Church. While serving as missionaries they fell in love with the members they served.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife: Lois Marie Powell, and son Stephen
Powell. He is survived by his children: Tracy Sessions (Jim Sessions), Brian Gustaveson (Sharon), Jon Powell, Sabrina Daniels (Mark Daniels), Gary Boyter (Doreen), David Boyter (Sue), Joan Bennett (Russell Bennett), Ann Steele (Wade Steele).
Dad you are and will always be the exemplar of kindness and sacrifice. We will also miss your uncanny ability to cook the most delicious dishes (bulgogi and tempura) and yummy treats (especially those gumdrop popcorn balls and cheese balls at Christmas time).
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 13th at 11:00am at the East Mill Creek 9th Ward, 3750 South Hillside Lane (2600 E.). Friends and family are invited to visit Thursday evening 6:00-8:00pm at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, and at the church Friday morning 9:30-10:30 am prior to the service. Interment will follow at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
Funeral Audio. Available July 12, 2018.