Reed Lynn Perkins, our beloved husband, father, son, uncle and papa, unexpectedly passed away on November 3, 2022 surrounded by family in Salt Lake City, Utah. Reed was 63 years old.
Reed was born September 24, 1959 in Salt Lake City, Utah to parents Bion W. Perkins and Florine Copeland. He was the youngest of seven children. Reed attended West High School. After high school, he attended Salt Lake Community College where he obtained an Associate’s Degree.
On January 30, 1981 Reed married his high school sweetheart, Kelley Ann Pezely. They raised two children, Amber and Chris. Together they made a home filled with love, laughter and memories that will forever be cherished.
Reed spent most of his life doing what he loved, creating art. He illustrated book covers, signs, banners and many of his children’s school art projects throughout the years. His working years were spent as a Graphic Artist at Nichols/Moss. He loved what he did and loved the people he worked with.
Dad was a great dad. We knew he was there any time we needed anything. He was always ready with a smile, laugh and a joke. Dad loved going camping and roughing it. Some of his best, and most told stories, were about the good times and laughs he shared with his brothers out in the woods.
Reed was preceded in death by his father, Bion W. Wilcox and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Sharon Pezely. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kelley; his mother Florine; his children Amber (Eric) Smith and Chris (Christie) Perkins; his granddaughter Emma Smith; his brothers Larry Perkins, Frank (Janet) Perkins and Joe (Michelle) Perkins; his sisters Nona (Bob) Nibley, Linda (Sip) Siplinger and Carla (Gary) Thorstrom; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and support staff at LDS Hospital for the amazing care and compassion shown to Dad and his family in his last hours.
We love you. See you on the other side.
We think about you always,
We talk about you still.
You have never been forgotten,
And you never will.
We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you will remain.
To walk and guide us through our lives,
Until we meet again.
A private Celebration of Life for Reed will be held at a later date for family and friends.
So sorry to hear about our loss. I have seen my cousin for many years, but I have some very fond memories of when we were kids.
May God be with you and comfort you in this time of sorrow
Our hearts are filled with sorrow. Reed is one of a kind with a large personality and he loved his family dearly. We love you. Cheryl & Randy