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Jesse “Legrand” Aldridge

February 27, 1939 — November 6, 2022

Jesse “Legrand” Aldridge

Well, hello! It’s been good to be with you. I Jesse “LeGrand” Aldridge was born on February 27, 1939, in Mebane North Carolina, to my wonderful parents Daniel T. Aldridge Sr. and Grace Bell Carter. I know they were thrilled that I, their second child was a boy. When I was three and a half years old mom and dad moved our family (my older sister Kathleen and I) to Woodville Idaho then Rose Idaho and we later came to settle in Shelley Idaho. My older sister Kathleen was my best friend. I would wait for her to arrive home on the school bus every day to greet her. When I was four years old, and Kathleen was six years old she was called back home to heaven. I missed her terribly and even after she was gone, I would still wait for her to arrive home on the school bus. Mom and dad went on to add to our family two more brothers and two more sisters. Dad also established a dairy farm. One of my least favorite things to do on the farm was to get up early to milk the cows. I never did learn to like milk! I graduated from Shelley High School in 1958. From 1960-1962 I served a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in the Western States Mission which ironically included my own home town. In 1962 I enrolled in Ricks College and attended through 1963. I also served in the Idaho National Guard, the California National Guard, and the Utah National Guard between 1963-1969. I met my sweetheart Charlene Greenwall in 1964 and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple on February 12, 1965. On April 9, 1966, Charlene and I were surprised to learn we were the brand-new parents of twin boys Darren J. and Douglas L Aldridge. We knew there was one in there, but we had no idea there were two! In June of 1966 we moved into our first and forever home in West Jordan on LeLand Dr. On February 13, 1969, Debra Lee joined our family and then our caboose Leslie Ann arrived on April 16, 1971, which gave us even numbers. I sure love my two boys and my two girls! I wanted to make sure my children knew that I was always good, I would tell them if I was any better, I couldn’t stand myself!

In 1979 mom died of colon cancer and dad remarried my wonderful stepmom Kathryn Tracy in 1982.

In my 83 years on this earth, I worked for Hi-land Dairy/Dean Foods from 1966-1998. I served in a variety of callings in my church such as a High Counselor, Bishopric Counselor, Sunday School President, Seventy’s President, High Priest Group Leader, and Sunday School teacher. But my favorite calling to serve in was that of a Home Teacher, I loved all my families. I enjoyed getting to know people and spending time with them. I came to know a lot of wonderful people in my 55 years on LeLand Drive. I love attending the temple, I have a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and his Atonement.

I enjoy singing. I sang in the Swanees, Ward Choir and Stake Choirs. I sang anytime the urge hit regardless of my location. I enjoy planting a garden each year, having the greenest grass on the street, attending BYU and U of U football games, riding four wheelers, weekend trips to Kamas, old time country music, making chocolate malts, and Orange Julius for my children and grandchildren, new cars, tractors, collecting baseball caps, and being meticulous about how things are done.

I have many loved ones who passed before me, my sister, mom, dad, stepmom, one sister-in-law and two brothers-in- law.

Sticking around to love our posterity is my beautiful wife Charlene Greenwall Aldridge. Our children Darren J. (Tycia) Aldridge, Douglas L (Lorri) Aldridge, Debbie (Scott) Hardy, and Leslie Larsen. Between all my children I have 17 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren with three more on the way all arriving in 2023. Oh, how I love you all!

My surviving siblings are, Daniel T (Barbara) Aldridge Jr, Dione (Alan) Smith, David Aldridge, and Shauna (Martin) Harker. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins by the dozens!

I want to thank all the wonderful staff that cared for me at Riverway Assisted Living specifically Jim, Micky, Shanna, Cameron, Jen, and many more who were so good to me. I also want to thank the Canyons Hospice for the great care they gave me on my way out.

In the words of my wonderful aunt Esther, “I am gonna love ya and leave ya.” One more thing before I go… Would you be so kind to love your families!

Until we meet again!

All my love,
LeGrand

Please come spend time with my family on Monday November 14th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Goff Mortuary located at 8090 South State Street or on Tuesday November 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at our church house located at 7380 South 1300 West. I will be laid to rest at the West Jordan Cemetery.

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