Evan Jay Beckstead, age 77, husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all, passed away June 13, 2022 in St. George, Utah.
He was born February 28, 1945 in Ogden, Utah to his parents Norma Mae Peterson and Glenn Evan Beckstead. He was the oldest of 10 children.
After graduating from Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Weber State University.
He met his sweetheart, Iva (Wardle) Beckstead in San Francisco. They were sealed in the Provo, Utah Temple on September 22, 1973 and were married for nearly 49 years.
They raised three children: Shad Beckstead, Amy Shaw (Michael), Wade Beckstead (Jennifer) in Martinez, California and have seven grandchildren, Camille Larsen (Eric), Steven Shaw, Matthew Shaw, Kevan Beckstead, Christian Beckstead, Trevor Beckstead, and Zachary Beckstead.
His profession was in Human Resources for the Federal Government for 35 years. He traveled to many cities in the Western Region as part of his employment.
Evan enjoyed rock hounding, camping, gold-panning, hiking, and spending time with family.
He was a man of service. No matter where he lived, he always helped others whether shoveling snow in half the neighborhood in Orem, Utah, taking neighbors garbage cans in from the street in Washington, Utah or anything he saw that needed attention. Evan and Iva served two 18-month missions, one to the Netherlands and the other in St. George, Utah. These were wonderful experiences that they will never forget.
Evan was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was happy to serve as Scout Master, Young Men’s President, Elders Quorum President, Bishop, High Council Member, and Patriarch for 16 years. His was also a dedicated home teacher and minister.
He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Boulder Ridge Stake Center, 1762 S. River Road, St. George, Utah with viewings Wednesday evening, June 15 from 6:00-8:00 and before the funeral service from 9:30-10:45 am at the same location.
There will be a graveside service at the American Fork Cemetery, 26 West, 600 North, American Fork, Utah, Friday, June 17th at 11:00am.