Calvin Jay Shepherd

1928 ~ 2022

Graveside Service

Aurora, UT cemetery
Jun 18, 2022 11:00 AM

June 10, 2022, surrounded by his family, Calvin Jay Shepherd passed from this life at his home in Malad, Idaho. At the age of 93, he returned to his Heavenly Home and those awaiting him.

Calvin was born in Aurora, Utah on December 13, 1928, to Ernest Albert and Esther Kennedy Shepherd. He was the twelfth of fourteen children.
After the divorce of his parents, Calvin’s younger years were spent between his father on the family farm and his mother in Northern Utah cities. In his early teens he chose to live with his father on the farm where he learned many valuable life lessons from this choice.

In the summer of 1947, Calvin met the love of his life Ella Mae Stewart who was visiting her Aunt Lillian at the Lambertson farm about a mile from the Shepherd farm. Calvin and Mae’s summer romance would continue over the next year. They would marry in the Manti Temple on June 1, 1948.
Four sons were born to Calvin and Mae’s union. Deloy (Annette), Michael (Kathy), Dennis, (Natalie). Gary (Cherie’). Calvin was preceded in death by his wife Ella Mae, his son Gary, grandson Jacob Shepherd, his parents, and all his siblings. He leaves a posterity of 30 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Calvin retired from Kennecott Copper after 34 years as a Journeyman Pipefitter. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in many positions as well as Bishop. He loved being outdoors and enjoying all nature has to offer. He was an avid scouter and probably loved scouting as much as helping not only boy scouts, but his sons learning all the aspects of scouting. He received many scouting awards including Silver Beaver. The importance of family to Calvin was evidenced by his remembrance of birthdays, his stories, sharing his garden produce and his love.

A graveside service will take place Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 11:00 am at Aurora City Cemetery (300 N 200 W, Aurora, UT 84620).

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We want to give our deepest sympathy for the loss of Uncle Calvin. Y’all will be in our thoughts and prayers. We had a tremendous visit with Uncle Calvin September 2021. We wanted to go and visit Calvin, my cousins and their families on the farm outside Malad City. My fondest time was seeing Uncle Calvin and hearing his fascinating stories. His kindness and the hospitality of the family will not be forgotten.


Ken and Anne Green

- Kenneth R Green

Our sympathy and love goes out to all of our Uncle Calvin’s families. We were blessed to have had such a wonderful man in our family to love and enjoy. As a young boy, around 14, Uncle Calvin would spend many summer days with his oldest sister and family. He and my brother Norman loved to go to the Jordan River to go fishing. Uncle Calvin was a great fisherman and loved to fish. I remember the day he got a fishhook caught in his hand. I was 4 years old but still remember my Mom stressing out while removing the fishhook from his hand. Uncle Calvin loved Ella Mae, his children, grandchildren and all of his very large family so very much. My family moved to California in 1944. Almost every summer we would go back to Utah to be with all of our family. We would meet at the family farm and just hang out and have fun. Sometimes we would go on large camping trips. Uncle Calvin was a fun loving, honorable and kind man with a warm heart and a big smile. He will be missed so very much! We love you Uncle Calvin. 🙏💜🥰

- Marge Gibson