Our beloved dad, grandpa and great grandpa, Trent Gene Jeppson, passed away peacefully on his and Mildred’s 66th wedding anniversary, April 16, 2020. She preceded him in death 3 1/2 months ago. Trent died of heart disease and age.
Trent was born May 2, 1934 to Ervin and LaRue Jeppson in Union, Utah, the third of eleven children at the height of the Great Depression. He developed a strong work ethic at a young age, caring for farm animals and their large orchard. His father, a brick mason, involved him in his work. After his 9th grade year, Trent laid brick on the line. At Jordan High School, he met Mildred Brown, whom he married April 16, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. She was at his side 65 years. We can hardly think of one without the other. Truly, they have given us the most important thing—a good example.
Trent and Mildred love God and they love people. They have gathered, visited, fed, conversed with, supported and generously given time and means to know and help others.
Trent was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During the 30 years he and Mildred lived in Midvale, he served his neighbors and Midvale residents in many capacities and leadership roles. He was bishop of the Midvale 5th ward at thirty years old. He was a counselor to President Stan Hutchings 8 years, then stake president for 4 years. He and Mildred served as missionaries on Temple Square and then a full time mission to the New Jersey Morristown Mission, where Trent was a counselor to President Boyd Poulton.
During the summers of 1982-1986, he donated labor, time and equipment to improving acreage owned by the Midvale Stake, purchased in Scofield, Utah. This property called Starpoint is a beautiful setting for many wonderful gatherings of Church congregations and youth groups.
He was Mayor of Midvale City January 1982–December of 1985; President of UTA Board in 1991.
Trent’s career progressed from brick mason to general contractor to landlord of duplexes to land owner of the Applewood Mobile Home Park in Midvale. He had a reputation for personal integrity, fiscal responsibility and building quality homes.
He always supported his five children. He and Mildred encouraged them in education, music, leadership, sports, and chosen professions. Trent’s sons and grandsons have worked side by side with him on many projects. Trent facilitated family fun, especially driving his ski boat. He retired and sold the Applewood mobile home park at age 77, when physical impairment slowed his walking and working.
Trent and Mildred built a new home and moved to the Sandy Granite area in 1989, where they lived thirty years. They loved this area and its people. Trent’s gift for working with young adults was evident as they served their mission in New Jersey, and again, when he served as a counselor in the Canyon Springs Young Single Adult branch to President Charles Dahlquist. He served on the high council six years in the Crescent Stake.
Trent used logic, vision, determination and inspiration to get things done. He was action oriented, confident, independent and organized. He was a thoughtful, detailed planner who followed through. He had a special skill set in working with people. In their mobile home park, he was a firm and kind landlord. He and Mildred considered their tenants their friends. He had a great memory for people and experiences. When people asked what title to call him, he said “Just call me Trent.”
When Trent and Mildred entered a room, we were glad. They had light in their eyes, a sense of humor, and genuine interest. They went through bitter trials without becoming bitter.
Trent will be sorely missed.
Trent was preceded in death by his wife Mildred, son Kreg (Alecia Mower Jeppson Taylor), and is survived by his children: Marilyn Webster (David), Brian (Brenda), Jan Phillips (Brad), and Karen Warren; (Scott) 19 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren.
Our family expresses sincere thanks to Inspiration Hospice and Sunrise Assisted Living in Sandy for making his last twenty-two months easier.
Due to the coronavirus, Trent’s funeral will be closed. We plan to stream the service. No flowers please. Thanks for the extraordinary love and support we felt at our mother’s funeral from friends and family. Our Dad was so happy to talk to you.
Following is the You Tube link to the funeral, which was held on Friday:
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