Gordon Greenwood Sirrine was born to Wilford Sirrine and Hazel Greenwood in Salt Lake City, Utah on 24 February 1930. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Tuesday, 2 November 2021, at the age of 91, after several months of declining health.
Gordon will be remembered as a loyal and loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, as well as a friend to all he met. He and his wife, Carma, built a home in Granite, Utah and have lived there for 50 years, raising seven sons and one daughter.
Gordon grew up in LeGrand and Union Oregon and attended four years of college at Oregon State University before leaving to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He served his mission faithfully from 1954 to 1956. It was quite the experience for him, and he talked about it often. Gordon and Carma have attended his missionary reunion every year since his return.
Within one year of returning home to Salt Lake City, Utah, he met Carma, who was a member of his ward, and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 22 November 1957.
Later in life, Gordon and Carma served 18 months as full-time senior missionaries in the Philippines for their church. While there, they helped the people learn to be self-sufficient through many projects such as teaching them how to raise various farm animals as a business venture and making products like quilts, dolls, paintings, and carvings for home use and to sell. Near the temple, in the building where temple workers lived, there was a room where members could sell their crafts.
Gordon was a man of integrity, and his word was his bond. He was often found helping others and was a handyman who could do any home repair. He loved to hunt, fish, build model airplanes and operate his ham radio. He was very fond of root beer, homemade ice cream and hotdog roasts over an open fire.
Gordon loved to grow a large garden and raised chickens for fresh eggs for many years. The hens would follow him around the yard eating the bugs as he shoveled dirt or pulled weeds. He had studied drafting and design engineering in college, so he worked as a machinist and as a drafting engineer. He also enjoyed designing and machine work in his own shop for his business called Protonetics. He was a true patriot to his country. He was very proud of his three older brothers who served in World War II and he and Carma volunteered during elections for many years helping at the voting center near their home.
Most of all he loved his wife and children and the Lord. He was a devout member of his church and had a strong testimony and enduring faith. Gordon served in several wards as financial clerk for many years. He also served as Elders Quorum President. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Gordon was preceded in death by a son Nathan, his parents Wilford and Hazel, siblings Garth, Warren, Vera, Lamar and Kenneth Lynn. He is survived by his wife Carma and their children: Steven Sirrine (Karen), Robert Sirrine (Linda), David Sirrine (Susan), JoLyn Slattery (Walt), John Sirrine (Jeanay), Neil, and Mark, as well as 24 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
A viewing for Gordon will be held Saturday 13 November 2021 from 10:00 am to 11: 30 am, with a funeral at Noon. Both events will be held at the Granite View chapel located at 2675 East Mt. Jordan Road, Sandy, Utah. Funeral Services will be available virtually via zoom at the above "Watch Services" button.
The gravesite dedication and internment will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery located at 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah.
My thoughts are with you all. I know he was met with much love when he passed to the other side. He will be missed.