Jeffrey Alan White (Dec 1, 1947 - March 7, 2020) passed away peacefully at IMC Hospital in Murray, Utah from metastasized melanoma. Jeff was born in Monte Vista, Colorado. He was raised on the farm that his father Wesley Curtis White built near Center, Colorado alongside his wife Edith Coombs. Jeff loved, respected and honored his Mom and Dad all the days of his life. He attended the Hooper All Grades School.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints and served a mission in Argentina. Jeff had many callings in life, one of his favorites was serving as a missionary for the farm in Sandy with his wife Beth (deceased). He graduated from BYU in Provo, Utah; where he met the first love of his life, Colleen Hatch. They married in 1971 and together had six children which they raised in Texas and Utah.
He was a pilot for the USAF and loved flying jets. In 1971 he started the Ski Truck business, wherein sunshine, rain, and snow he would sell used skis out of the back of his beloved pickup truck named Hoopy. He would travel around selling skis anywhere he could, slowly gaining more inventory and semi-trucks and trailers until he ended up having to use buildings to sell out of. Jeff was a master salesman and was a genius at remembering numbers and prices. He worked the ski business hard and furious from fall to summer, so he could take the summers off to play and spend time with family and friends, traveling, fishing, hunting, loving life, and family.
He married Beth Stott (7/18/1949 - 8/25/2017) in 1994 and his family doubled in size, which he loved. He had the biggest heart and had a limitless amount of love to give to anyone that entered his life. One of his greatest joys was making people happy. He truly lived by a commitment to service towards others and he did that in business, as well as, his personal life. Jeff lost Beth to cancer on 8/25/2017 and was by her side, nursing and taking tender care of her to the end. Jeff married Sue Hiatt on April 11, 2018, and they enjoyed their relationship for almost two years. Together they added more to the Jeff White clan now having 16 children, 45 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Sue was by his side taking care of him through his cancer and passing. Words cannot express our gratitude for her love, care and support.
Jeff was a natural-born teacher. He had an impeccable work ethic and loved to teach others the joy of hard work and the benefits achieved from it. He loved to sing, play games, and tease anyone he had a chance to. He loved spending time with his many, many family and friends, especially on the White Mountain in Colorado where he taught his kids and his "summer sons and daughters", how to work hard and how to play hard. His greatest fulfillment's in life was serving others selflessly. He was the best storyteller and could intrigue you in life-changing ways simply through his animated stories. He was fluent in speaking Spanish and loved conversing in it whenever he got the chance. He was an avid gardener and loved sharing the "fruits of his labor". Everyone delighted in 'Papa Howdy's juice' and jerky. He was loved for the little pieces of jerky he always seemed to have in his pocket to share with everyone, young and old, at church or other places.
Jeff was a truly extraordinary man, unique in so many ways, always staying true to his heart and to God, never wavering no matter what anyone thought of him, he will be truly missed by too many people to count.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Sue; his children, Rock (June), Alysia, Krystal (Rusty), Monte (Zoe), Brooke, Misty (Tony), Brad (Barbara), Brooke (Aaron), Aubrey, Megan (Bill), Tyson (April), Rob (Colleen), Jon, Laurie (Luke), Steve (Brooke); grandchildren, and literally hundreds of people that sincerely say they considered him a Father figure.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:00am at the Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, where friends and family are invited to visit Sunday evening 5:00-7:00pm and Monday morning 9:30-10:30am prior to the service. Interment will follow at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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