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Arvin Kent Whetman

June 10, 1935 — February 5, 2022

Arvin Kent Whetman

Kent passed away on February 5th, 2022 quickly at his home and is happily reunited with his "Tweetie Pie" Mary Whetman. Although our hearts are broken we are at peace knowing that they are finally together again with their son, Mark Whetman, and many other family members and friends.

Kent was born on June 10th, 1935 to George and Leici Whetman. Kent grew up most of his life in Draper, UT and took pride in being part of the wonderful community of Draper and has many fond memories there. Kent met the love of his life at Jordan High School when she was the Harvest Ball queen where they had their very first date and were inseparable since. Kent joined the Air Force and was stationed in Tokyo, Japan. He came home on leave and they were married on December 29th, 1954 and later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for Time and All Eternity. Kent returned back to Japan and Mary stayed back. They could not stand to be apart and they needed to save money so that Mary could join him. She arrived there and they later welcomed their first daughter Lori, who was born and spent 14 months of her life living in Japan.

After he was through with his service, he came home to Draper and continued with the family business. His Dad, George Whetman, opened the first Ford Dealership in Utah in 1921. The family took much pride in this and loved helping people with all of their car needs. This started Kent's career in the Ford industry. He was a mechanic and was one of the top Ford salesman in the industry. Everybody loved working with him and requested him for many years, even after he retired! He had a clientele of people who followed him wherever he went because of his honesty and integrity and friendship. You could not find a better salesman out there. There is not one person that did not love him!

They later moved to Sandy, Utah where they grew their family and continued to raise them. They welcomed Gary, Mark, Roger and Leica. Kent was a family man and took pride in every member of his family. He taught us that family is everything and how to love unconditionally! He and Mary adored all of their 12 grandchildren and 13 (almost 14) great grandchildren.

Kent loved going on adventures with his sweetheart by his side. He took pride in being part of a motor home club and loved traveling along with his friends. These were some of his favorites memories!

Kent had many hardships in this life but he never once complained or let anyone know of the pain he was in and he never let his faith waiver. He had many physical trials. One of them being run over by an F350 at 80 years old and surviving! He was definitely Built Ford Tough! When you would ask him how he was doing, he would reply with "I'm alright for an old man but, how are you?" He never liked to focus on himself and always thought of others. He had a heart of pure gold!

Kent is survived by his siblings, Leici (Tom) Webb, Paige (Linda) Whetman and children, Lori (Bryan) Thomson, Gary Whetman, Roger Whetman, and Leica (Kyle) Jensen, his 12 grandchildren and 13 (almost 14) great grandchildren, and many special nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Whetman, son, Mark Whetman, his sisters Beverly Whetman, Glora Walker, Rita Gardner, brothers Phil (Valora) Whetman, Galen (Jean) Whetman.

Family and friends may gather for a viewing at Anderson & Goff Mortuary, 11859 South 700 East, Draper, UT 84020 on February 11th from 6:00-8:00 pm. A viewing will be held before the funeral services on Saturday, February 12th from 9:30-10:30 am. Funeral services will be held on February 12th at 11:00 am at the Crescent 7th Ward Chapel, 949 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah. Interment wil be held at Mountain View Memorial Estates, 3115 East 7800 South, SLC, UT 84121.

Kent will be greatly missed by all and we cannot wait until we can see him again!


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