Marinus Cornelis Boogert passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, just 23 days after his sweetheart, Virginia. He was born Marinus Cornelis Dingeman van den Boogert, October 16, 1928, in Amsterdam, Netherlands to Marinus Cornelis van den Boogert and Adriaantje (Jane) van Deijl. He was the oldest of their two sons. When 11 years old, the Nazis occupied Holland. As a teenager during World War II, he found work apprenticing for a pastry baker.
After the war he served in the Dutch Army. During this time his family was approved and received confirmation to immigrate to the United States of America, coming to Utah in November 1948. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, proudly serving along with his brother John as military police.
His family bought a house on the corner of 7th Avenue and C Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. Next door lived a beautiful, American girl. Marinus and Virginia developed a dancing friendship and romance, being married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on July 20, 1951. Together they created a wonderful life of over 70 years while raising Jann, Kent, and Kevin; their oldest son, Kim, died in childbirth.
Marinus was a painting contractor and owned Boogert Painting and Decorating, Inc. and provided a great life for his family. He was a skilled craftsman and had a talent for color matching. Given a color sample, he could match the color perfectly. He was very talented in all aspects of construction. He could mend, fix, repair, and build anything.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints throughout his life, serving in multiple ward and stake callings. For over 20 years he served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 423. Many boys spent a week at summer camp in the Uintas, Flaming Gorge, and other locations being taught life lessons while earning their Eagle Scout awards. In recognition of his many years of service he was honored to receive the Silver Beaver Award in 2016. A cherished calling was serving with his sweetheart as ordinance workers in the Salt Lake Temple for over 12 years. His testimony of the Savior, prayer, priesthood, and temple work were unwavering.
He was proud of his American citizenship and considered himself an American, yet instilled the Dutch culture, food, traditions, and a love of his Dutch heritage in his children, grandchildren, and even his great-grandchildren.
Marinus was proud of his posterity. He often didn’t have much to say, but always taught by example. He loved to laugh and joke; loved a good prank; enjoyed an ice cold Coke; was always optimistic; enjoyed life and lived it with a smile. His direct advice, words of encouragement and simple unique reprimands will be missed. He instilled the values of work, education, respect, honesty, kindness, integrity, love, and trust. We love you, Dad. See you on the other side. Wij houden van u.
He is survived by his daughter Jann (Robert S.) Lee and their children Bryan (Amelia) Lee, Steven (Laci) Lee; his son Kent (Julie) Boogert and their children, Meika Boogert, Gerrit (Heidi) Boogert, Lisa (Nathan) Carr, Jason (Kimberly) Boogert, Heather Boogert and Bryn Boogert; his son Kevin (Laurie) Boogert and their children, Heidi (Peter) Sundell, Jill Boogert, and Molly (Brandon) Wilde. Opa is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren, Clara and Clover Carr, Ginny and Vanden Boogert, Nixon and Jackson Sundell, Charlie, Zoey, Kate and Piper Boogert, and Thayne Lee. He is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, their infant son, Kim Cutler Boogert, and his brother John Harry (Lucy) Boogert.
Funeral services will be held at Noon on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at the Foothill 2nd Ward, 1930 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral services beginning at 10:30am. Interment to follow at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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We love Marinus and Virginia. Meindert is also from the Netherlands and we moved in to the Foothill 2nd Ward shortly after we were married. The Boogert's took us right under their wing, especially Marinus with Meindert who was investigating the church at the time. He made sure to reach out often and make him feel welcome. They spoke Dutch with one another and built a great friendship. When Meindert joined the church and advanced in the priesthood, Marinus was there and participated in the ordinance. We enjoyed oliebollen with them and any Dutch tradition we could in their home. We love them both dearly and feel blessed to have had their optimism and relentless faith as our examples. Sending love and prayers your way as you transition as a family with them now on the other side.
Mari us we will miss you, it’s been a joy to have friend the past 51 years. I see that happy face which always mad me feel good. When we walk past your home it brings back good memories. Thank you and your family for always being so good to us.
Remembering Marinus and Virginia as they visited us as family members in Amsterdam.
Still his pictures give me memories of his and my Dutch family in the specific Boogert facial features. Marinus will also be missed here.
In dankbaarheid herinneren we ons familielid en vriend, Rinus.
Marinus en Virginia waren eregasten op onze bruiloft in Voorburg, in 1991.
Onze huwelijksreis ging naar Amerika. De familie liet ons veel moois zien van Utah, Californie, Arizona e.d.
In weekend was het huis van Rinus en Virginia aan de Romana Avenue onze huisbasis.
Als zij in nederland waren, logeerden ze o.a. bij Miekes vader en moeder.
Nu weer samen met je allerliefste Virginia.
Rust zacht en in vrede lieve beste vriend.
Sorry for your loss. Couples dieing close together, I think, is what most couples want.
Virginia, I just happened upon this obituary while looking for someone else. I am so sorry to hear of Marinus' passing. Know that our hearts go out to you and your family. We have such fond memories of both of you. Love, Frank and Kriste