Our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away at the age of 97, in his own home of natural causes, May 1, 2021. He was surrounded by loved ones.
Reese was born December 8, 1923, in his family home in Scipio, Utah, the 2nd son and 4th child of James and Magley Delight Memmott. Reese loved his life in Scipio. He grew up in a loving family surrounded, not only by his own family, but by grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and many good friends. He told us often of working the farm, riding horses, moving cattle, cutting cedar fence posts, finding the perfect Christmas tree, and playing baseball.
Reese was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and shared his testimony of the gospel in word and deed. He was proud of his strong pioneer heritage. He married his sweetheart, Joyce Alice Esklund, March 23, 1950. Their union was later solemnized in the Manti, Utah temple. Their lives were blessed with six children: Debra (Donald) Jones, Sheila (MacRay) Baxter, Deaun (Denis) Dye, Kyle (Diane) Memmott, Brian (Holly) Memmott, Shari (Tony) Christensen. Mom and Dad were married for 49 years until her death in March, 1999.
Reese was a master carpenter. His talents and abilities blessed the lives of many—from building his own home, to building luxury houses with Chamberlain Homes of Salt Lake, to remodeling kitchens for friends and neighbors, to assisting in the construction of two Church buildings, to being asked to do the finish work in the celestial room of the Papeete Tahiti Temple. Dad worked hard his entire life.
Reese had a great love of the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories were camping and fishing with his family at Coleman Reservoir on Boulder Mountain in Southern Utah. Hunting was another pastime that brought great joy to Dad. He enjoyed traveling. Some of his favorite trips were to Old Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska. Following retirement, golfing and fishing with his sons and friends became a passion. Dad was a wonderful gardener. His gardens were beautiful, and he grew the best tomatoes. He loved sharing his bounty with others.
Reese is survived by his six children, sister Faun Hughes, 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his wife Joyce, parents, brother Howard, sisters Wanda Carter and Louise Davison and grandson Tyler Baxter.
Our family wishes to express our sincere appreciation to South Davis Hospice, especially Brittany, Laura and Teresa for their tender and loving care of Dad. Their care of Dad, and his children who were his caregivers these past few years, will always hold a special place in our hearts.
A viewing will be held prior to funeral services on Saturday, May 8, 2021, 9:30-10:45 am, followed by the funeral at 11:00 am at the North Canyon 2nd Ward building, 3350 S 100 E, Bountiful, Utah 84010. No restrictions on attendance, however, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we ask that those attending, please wear masks and social distance.
You may watch the recorded services by using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/PLtSwuEHG8YTBlQ114OEgcuD4FKU4xhea_WqKThgTEYy9GKoHrRPUrkhukF0fQYDHmM-Yo0CjsVx2rPJ.qxwy1XUQCFNxdtAc?autoplay=true&startTime=1620492193000 , or click on the "Watch Services" button at the top of this page.