Wow… many wonderful childhood memories of this amazing man and his illustrious family. There was a time when as a Draper “little kid” i looked up to Uncle Ivan, his brother Wendell and my dad Bill Draper as “The Three Musketeers “. Everyone referred to him as Ivan The Terrible. As kids I’m sure we all remember the water softener business Domestic and Commercial that they ran. Also the amazing ping pong talent! This was scarry… go up against one of them and you would loose! I looked up to his sons Bruce Joe Paul Steven as my idols. His son Robert was my classmate in gradeschool. Amazing sports talents, football at The Farm, Granite Jr High field and such. And each one had Uncle Ivans undescribable signature sense of humor! He and his legacy will always be cherished. He has left his mark of love on everyone who knew him I’m Sure. Drapers and Nielsens… now there is a recipie for some fun trouble that is for sure. -Love… Guy and Kim Draper St. George Ut.
— Guy Draper
I met Ivan while playing in the symphony with his son Guy. He was tremendously supportive of Guys and Mines talent, and he supported my musical pursuits by funding our music trips. The action was very admirable and supportive which is his natural way. He is father to many, not just his real kids. The confidence I gained while assisting in construction jobs and buildings homes with the family, helped me know my worth on life and aided in my exemplary actions through 11 years of the Iraqi war. I came home a hero, and Ivan is my hero. I would not have been as successful without Ivan’s example and mentorship.
Sgt. Bentley, lowell
Truck Master of the Marine Corps Airfraft rescue fighters.
— Lowell Bentley
I am sorry for your loss. Ivan was a funny man that even as Nephi, his sons ex wife, he always made me feel comfortable. I send my condolences and my thoughts and prayers are with your family. May he rest in peace
— Katie Nielsen
I’m sending love to Uncle Ivan’s family although I cannot be there at the services. I sure enjoyed him and appreciated his friendship.
— Ruth Millsap
Beautiful thoughts of this wonderful family.
Prayers go with you as you reflect on the life of this very good man.