I was born many years ago to Leo and Esther Russon here in Salt Lake City. I and my sister Janice survive two of my sisters, JoAnn and Judy. We all grew up in our beloved Rose Park where I still reside. I attended Rose Park Elementary School, Northwest Jr. High School and am a proud Panther from West High School. I later attended BYU where I received an Art Scholarship and am a loyal cougar. I served in the military at Fort Polk, Louisiana and received medical training as a Medic at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. I served a 2 year LDS Mission to the Central German Mission and for a short time in New Zealand with my parents.
After returning home I met my sweet wife Wendy Johnson (on a weekend at home from BYU) while staying with my sister. (I swore I would never marry anyone from East High School) but the good Lord knew better. She soon converted to the West side. I told everyone that I attended UCLA in California…and I sort of did (Undertakers College of Los Angeles). I received the Mu Sigma Alpha award from the California College of Mortuary Science where I shocked everyone including myself receiving a 4.0 GPA. I received my Associates degree while there as well.
Wendy and I have 4 sons: Jaron, Brad, Shane and Erik. My church takes up a good share of my time, but I have enjoyed most of all taking the scouts to “Scout Camp” each year for the past 30 years. I consider all these scouts “my boys”. I began funeral work at Russon Brothers Mortuary where I worked for approximately 25 years. I have been with Larkin mortuary for the past 21 years where I have made many dear lifelong friends. I considered a profession in art, but found that my true love was in the Funeral industry where I find considerable satisfaction in providing comfort to families in difficult times. My background in art has been invaluable to me. I look forward to continuing my involvement with mortuary work well into my retirement years which begin September 1, 2017.