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Wayne Ivan Killpack

11/21/1930 - 04/23/2019

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Wayne I. Killpack passed away peacefully on April 23, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.  He was born November 21, 1930 to Perry L. and Amy Killpack.

Wayne married the love of his life, Kay, on October 5th, 1951.  They were later sealed on April 28, 1954 in the Laie Hawaii Temple.

Wayne was known as a kind, gentle person; a peacemaker who could calm a negative situation with his good humor and a good joke. Family to Wayne was always first. In his younger years he enjoyed playing ball with the kids after school or playing games in the evening. He could fix just about anything and was later called Grandpa Fixit by the grandkids.

Wayne was proud to have served in the US Navy during the Korean War from July 1951-1959.  He served aboard the troop carrier Henrico APA 45 as SK1 (Storekeeper First Class).  He enlisted in the Navy and was especially proud of the medals he was given in service of his country.

Wayne loved to learn, read and study many things. He received a Master’s Degree from BYU in Fine Arts and Education with a minor in Biology. He taught Art at Hillcrest High School for over 30 years.  He counseled many students who were struggling or had troubles in their lives. He tutored several students who became Sterling Scholars during his tenure.

Wayne was an accomplished artist and won many regional awards for his paintings. He was a man of many talents, including restoring furniture, photography, wood carvings, sketching, rock painting, and his personal favorite, landscape canvas painting.

Wayne enjoyed God’s beautiful creations.  He relished being outdoors.  He loved hunting, camping, fishing, and exploring, especially with his family.

He is survived by his wife Kay, son Kevin (Tammy) Killpack, daughters Kathryn (Trent) Broadhead and Jodi (Jim) Steadman, sister Lois Jean Gray, 15 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

Wayne is preceded in death by his parents Parry L. and Amy Killpack, 5 brothers, daughter Jeanette, and granddaughter Misty.

A special thanks is extended to Beehive Healthcare and AFI Hospice with all staff included.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 to 8pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.), Sandy, Utah, 84092. A Memorial Service will be held to share memories of Wayne on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 11am to 12pm in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary at the same location as above.

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  • Mr. Kilpack was my teacher through all four years of High School. He was kind to me and encouraged me to to more with my talents and set me on a road to enjoy nature and have a desire to continue painting. He is the main reason I graduated from high school as I had to continue in school in order to take his class, of which I enrolled for two hours during my senior year as I had art studio last hour, in addition to painting. He is one of the only teachers from high school whose name I remember. My deepest condolences to his family. I’m sure you all have many wonderful memories of such a genuine man, so full of love for others and life.

    — Tracy Sears McDiarmid
  • Dear Kay, it is with great sadness that I received this notification of the parting of Wayne, your most beautiful of choices in your life. I certainly offer my deepest of condolences to you and your family.
    I cannot forget how my sister Marilyn brought you into the life of two young teenagers so many years ago. You were challenged and because of your steadfast determination, made the greatest choice of your life. Yes, you were greatly blessed.
    Now, Wayne has the most beautiful opportunity to be free from all impediments pertaining to his mortal phase and continue to watch over you and his family even while he is attending to the great missionary work of his new assignment.
    It is with heartfelt joy knowing that you will continue with your life in remembrance of what the two of you created so beautifully throughout your lives together. May you have the choicest of blessings as you continue on.
    Sincerely, from your old friend.

    — Kenneth Killpack
  • So sorry to hear of Mr. Wayne Killpack’s passing. I kept several art projects completed in his class back in 1986-87 and only recently downsized to photos of them, except for the pen and ink elephant, which was kept as is. Freedom to create and improve was definitely the atmosphere in his classroom. I went on to win prizes in the Salt Lake County Fair in colored pencil art and won decorating contests at work two or three times for cartoons and caricatures based on principles practiced in his classes. I sincerely hope his art is still featured somewhere in the new Hillcrest school as it was in the teacher’s lounge. Wishing you and your family all the best.

    — Crystie Cook

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