Kenneth Frank Atkinson

1938 ~ 2023

Frank Atkinson peacefully passed away in his sleep at home with his wife and caretaker Wilma Kaylene Atkinson by his side on January 11, 2023.

He is finally free of the physical and mental limitations from Alzheimer's/dementia. Born May 31, 1938, to Kenneth and Laura Atkinson in Midvale, Utah. Raised on the family farm in Taylorsville, Utah, he learned the value of a hard days work. He proudly served with the United States Navy.

Frank was a master craftsman in several trades and retired at age 62. Frank dearly loved his family. His personality and social skills never left him. The strawberry ice cream and shake business lost their best customer.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Kaylene Atkinson, son K. Frank (Laura) Atkinson, daughter Yvonne (David) Philpot and son Roy (Jackie) Atkinson, 10 grandchildren, and many great grandchildren, and his sister Kathy Gee.

Preceded in death by his parents and sister Sharon Trujillo.

We want to thank CNA Brenda Baldwin for exceptional care. Also the Lighthouse Adult Care Services.

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Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 1:00 pm at West Jordan Cemetery (7925 S 1300 W, West Jordan, UT 84088).

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Oh how I love each and every one of you. I will forever have imbedded in my brain fun times with The Atkinson Family. I love your Dad and of course I remember the day when your mom told me to pull his finger. He and she were such characters and I loved that so much. I was at your house daily sometimes while Yvonne had to clean the house and the boys rocked out to some Aerosmith. Roy once asked me to "wait for him" because i was too old at the time. Your family is and will forever be part of my family. I am thankful your Dad is in an awesome place where he is free to go wherever he wants and be an influence to each of you from beyond the veil. I believe that with every fiber of my being. I know how much he loves each one of you (and ME too) Love you all! As your dad would say, BRATT! Your mom and Dad were MA AND PA 2 to me. forever and always, Jodie

- Jodie Carlow Herpel

I will miss Frank. I enjoyed seeing him regularly and making sure his hands and toes were trimmed. I am happy that he is at peace.

- Linda (Loan)

I have so many wonderful memories of my Uncle Frank. I’ll always remember the fun family camping trips, time spent in Helper, and especially his wit and sense of humor! He always called “Miss Molly” when I was a kid and how I loved that! I love you, Uncle Frank. I’m grateful you’re at peace. Give my mom and dad and grandma and grandpa a big hug for me!

- Kelly Beckstead (niece)

My Uncle Frank. I will miss your smiling face dearly. I remember his quick wit, jokes, generosity and loving spirt. He was a no-nonsense kinda guy. I looked up to him like a second father. I am sad that I didn't get to spend more time with him while he was here on this earth. I love you Uncle Frank! Your nephew Kenny.

- Kenneth Gillett Sr.