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Garth C Beckstrom January 12, 1942 - June 25, 2024

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Garth C Beckstrom, 82, passed away peacefully the morning of June 25, 2024, in Spanish Fork, Utah.  His sweetheart of 62 years, Karen Gwen, was by his side as he set off on his next adventure to reunite with many loved ones whom he has missed for quite some time.

Garth was born in Payson, Utah on January 12, 1942, to Clarence A. and Iris Finlayson Beckstrom.  He was the eldest of five children.  His sisters Anita, Barbara, and Maureen, as well as his younger brother Dale, adored him.  He always exemplified not only leadership qualities, but compassion and love that his younger siblings could follow in his footsteps.

Garth’s childhood was any little boy’s dream, growing up on the Beckstrom family farm in Benjamin.  The farm is where Garth learned that a job worth doing, should be done right, and he carried that with him throughout his entire life in anything and everything he was a part of.  Though growing up on a farm was a lot of hard work, it is also where many of Garth’s fondest memories were made, as he got to spend time with his father and younger brother.  Even though there were fifteen years between the two brothers, there were days late into adulthood where Garth would put everything on pause to go feed the cows with Dale.  He enjoyed being at the farm, but his relationship with his brother was just as important.

Garth was a graduate of Spanish Fork High School.  He was and forever will be a Don.  During his time in high school, he was heavily involved in athletics, and was a three-sport letterman in football, wrestling, and baseball.  Garth may have been small in stature, but he could hold his own with the best of them!  His love for sports carried on throughout his life, and his nieces and nephews remember him as one of their greatest fans – it was extremely rare that Garth was not in the stands for any of his nieces’ or nephews’ athletic events.  He would even travel to be in attendance at State Tournaments, always sporting a Spanish Fork baseball hat.

Garth was a patriotic man, and upon graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army Reserves.  He was always very proud to be in service to his country, and instilled in others what a blessing it is to live in such a beautiful country where we have our freedom.  Respect for our nation and those who protect it was always very important to Garth.

On August 23rd, 1962, Garth married his sweetheart, Karen Gwen Mortensen, whose heart he won over when he picked her up for their first date in the big cattle truck to go watch him play in a baseball game.  They were sealed in the Manti, Utah Temple, and made so many great memories in their 62 years together during this mortal life. Garth was a sincere and loving husband. Even if he and Karen had only been apart for a few hours, he always greeted her with a hug and kiss when she returned home. The bond the two created made one the other’s best friend and will last for eternity. Though they were not able to have children of their own, Garth and Karen treated their nieces and nephews, along with their children, as such.  He was a man of strong character, with an infectious smile and laugh.  His family and friends could count on him to always be present and positive.  Through Garth’s eyes, you were never judged one way or the other.

Garth’s membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was of utmost importance to him.  He was a spiritual giant.  Each morning, he would study the scriptures, and Karen could not convince him to read a novel until he was finished with his study.  In fact, one of the last books Garth read was Insights from a Prophet’s Life: Russell M. Nelson.  To so many, Garth was a role model in what it meant to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ.  Throughout his life, he held callings as Ward Clerk, Executive Secretary, and he was a High Councilman. The way he cared for everyone around him and offered compassionate service will be missed.  He was a beacon of light, hope, patience, and charity.

Early on in their marriage, Garth worked with his father-in-law, Leon, as a painter and finish carpenter.  He was so talented in both of these areas. Garth could build anything!  It was also very important to him that he use his skill for good as he sought out ways to serve those around him using his talents, whether that meant teaching them in the shop or completing a project with his expertise. He was always very attentive to detail with his yard and woodshop being kept in pristine condition – even to the extent of tracing where each tool should be placed on the wall.

In 1966, Garth and Karen journeyed to Sunnyvale, California where Garth had gotten a job as an Electronic Product Manager for Hewlett Packard.  The electronic industry was just getting off the ground in the area; Garth’s keen mind and innate ability to interact with people played an integral role in the company’s successful progression for 34 years. During their time in California, they enjoyed having their two nieces, Lori and Lana, come to visit every summer.  So many stories could be told of those California visits, from sunburned days at the beach and getting beat up by the waves, lake trips, rope swings, water skiing, spending quality time with us. Insightful conversations on drives to and from work, playing tennis, bike rides through the school yard, mowing his lawn, bbq hamburgers and even sneaking chocolate from the garage freezer.  Lifelong memories and friendships were made during Garth and Karen’s time in California.

Outside of work, Garth was a well-rounded, even -tempered gentleman.  He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed taking his loved ones fishing at Schofield. In his backyard was a stunningly beautiful and prosperous garden, which he babied! He also enjoyed riding his 4-wheeler, singing, and reading Louis L’Amour. Utah Jazz basketball and college football were among his favorite things to watch on television.  If there was a Jazz game or a BYU football game on, you most definitely could find Garth watching it or at least have it DVR-recorded.  Other activities he regularly made time for included taking drives in the Thunderbird with Karen and forming friendships playing softball. He competed in the All-Church softball tournament twice, and Regionals with the Hewlett Packard teams.

In Ether 12:4, we read, “Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.”  This is the way in which Garth lived his life – faithful and anchoring himself in Christ so that he could be sure and steadfast for all those he came in contact with. Though the sun has set on his mortal life, he would want us to be hopeful in great things to come.

Garth is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Iris, and his sister Barbara Kearl, along with three nephews.  He is survived by his wife, Karen, and his siblings Anita Kreiger, Magna; Maureen (Frank) Leifson, Lindon; and Dale (Holly) Beckstrom, Benjamin.  There are also many nieces and nephews who held him in high-esteem and will miss his influence but know he will be close by.

Until we meet again, Uncle Garth, thank you for all you have taught us.  We love you!

A visitation will be held for Garth on Monday, July 1, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Walker Funeral Home in Spanish Fork, Utah.  Funeral services will be held the following day, July 2, with visitation from 9:45-10:30 AM and services at 11:00 AM. at Crosswinds 3rd Ward Chapel, 1661 South 1400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah.  Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

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Visitation

Monday evening, July 1, 2024
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Walker Funeral Home
187 South Main Street
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
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Visitation

Tuesday morning, July 2, 2024
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Crosswinds 3rd Ward meetinghouse
1661 South 1400 East
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
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Funeral Service

Tuesday morning, July 2, 2024
11:00 a.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Crosswinds 3rd Ward Chapel
11:00 a.m.
1661 South 1400 East
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
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Interment

Tuesday, July 2, 2024
Spanish Fork City Cemetery
420 South 400 East
Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
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