Terry S. DeGraw December 25, 1933 - June 1, 2021

Terry Sylvester DeGraw, 87, of Salem, Utah, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at his  daughter’s home in Delta, Utah. He was born December 25, 1933, in Payson, Utah, to Loren (Bus) DeGraw and  Sarah (Sadie) Terry DeGraw, the second of their nine children. His siblings were Ellie, Curtis, Louise, Lloyd, Ronald, LaDean, LuJean, and Gary. Terry grew up in Payson, Utah, graduating from Payson High School.

He married Louise Mattinson on May 20, 1955, in Payson, Utah. They were later sealed for time and eternity in the Provo Utah LDS Temple. They had two children: Mark and Cindy. Louise preceded him in death, from cancer, in 1999.

After high school, Terry worked at a mine in Ruby, Nevada; then worked at the Tooele (Utah) Army Depot; and  Ironton Works of U.S. Steel in Springville, Utah. Most of his working days were at Geneva U.S. Steel in Vineyard,  Utah, where he retired as a railroad conductor after 35 years. Not one to stay idle, he worked after retirement  for Payson City and also as a janitor for Nebo School District.

Terry married Carol Bahr Wood on March 8, 2000, at the Provo Utah LDS Temple, adding her children: Michael, Russell,  Michelle, and Tammi to his family.

He was a valiant member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many callings; his favorite, that of being home teacher. He also served a Farm Service Mission in Elberta, Utah.

He always loved horses, especially Thoroughbred race horses . He was a founding member of the Payson Horse Racing Association, and the Cockleburr  Riding Club. He enjoyed raising and training Thoroughbred race horses, traveling with them to races in the  western states where he made many long-lasting friends. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping, and riding his four-wheelers. He was a great  conversationalist, loving to visit with everyone. As much as he loved his horses and other hobbies, his first and  foremost love was for his family. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them.

Terry is survived by his wife, Carol; and his children: Mark (Pamela) DeGraw of Payson, Utah; Cindy (Bob) Shepherd  of Delta, Utah; his step-children: Michael (Shannon) Wood of Salem, Utah; Russell (Wendy) Wood of Salem, Utah;  Michelle (Clyde) McKean of Salem, Utah; and Tammi (Steve) Campbell of Omaha, Nebraska. He is also survived  by 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and by two brothers: Ronald and Gary; three sisters: Louise  Wilson, LuDean Smith, and LuJean Draper. He is preceded in death by his parents; his siblings: Curtis DeGraw, Lloyd DeGraw, and Ellie Brailsford; his first wife, Louise; a granddaughter, Taylor McKean; and a great-granddaughter, Ruby Warburton.

Visitation for family and friends of Terry will be Sunday evening, June 6, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral  Home, 587 South 100 West, Payson, Utah 84651. Another visitation will be Monday morning, June 7, 2021, at the Salem 9th Ward LDS Church, 60 South Main, Salem, Utah, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral service at the chapel at 11:00 a.m.  Interment will be at Payson City Cemetery.

There will be a livestream of the service available Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11 a.m. The livestream will not have a playback option, so it will need to be watched live. https://zoom.us/j/97886428838?pwd=NzdwN2hLSEV1cFgwUndRNVhpaUM1dz09#success 

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Sunday evening, June 6, 2021
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Walker Funeral Home
587 South 100 West
Payson, Utah 84651
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Monday morning, June 7, 2021
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Salem 9th Ward Church
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Salem, Utah 84653
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Monday, June 7, 2021
11:00 a.m.
Salem 9th Ward Church
60 South Main Street
Salem, Utah 84653
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Monday, June 7, 2021
Payson City Cemetery
400 North 800 East
Payson, Utah 84651
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    Kathryn (DeGraw) Thayne says

    Our condolences to Uncle Terry’s wife, children and grandchildren.

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    Angela & Devin Marshall says

    Deepest condolences to the Shepherd and DeGraw families. Terry was so kind and always had a smile on his face every time I ran into him. He will truly be missed. What a great reunion he is having in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time.

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      Mark DeGraw says

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

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    Robbie Ercanbrack says

    Mark and family. I just want to say how sorry I’m to here your Dad. Had passed He was always kind to me when we was really young. I remember all the times we spent at the race track in the years. He was a good man and your mother also. Again I’m sorry for your loss.

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    Doty Family says

    Mike, Shannon and Family.
    Very sorry Grandpa Terry has moved along to a new adventure. I know he did not make the decision lightly and leaving any person he loves was a tough decision.
    I remember a smiling, cheery person at each of out meeting.
    Love you all and our sincere condolences.

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    Doty Family says

    Mike, Shannon and Family.
    Very sorry Grandpa Terry has moved along to a new adventure. I know he did not make the decision lightly and leaving any person he loves was a tough decision.
    I remember a smiling, cheery person at each of out meeting.
    Love you all and our sincere condolences.

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    Melanie Patten says

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Carol and your family. He was a great guy. Lonnie and I loved coming to your home and visiting with both of you. Our love goes out to you. Lonnie and Melanie Patten.

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    Van Ausdals says

    Terry was our home teacher for several years. Our family loved to have him come. Our teenagers looked forward to his visits, now that is a good home teacher. We all loved Terry’s stories. His testimony of his Savior and his love ❤️ of the gospel left a lasting impression on us all. He will be greatly missed by our family.
    The Van Ausdals

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    Kathleen Crane Lewis says

    I shall try agin to leave my empathy to Mark and Cindy! I am so very very sorry to hear about your dear dad. He was such an AMAZING and CARING neighbor to us and especially to our cute mom after we left home. We shall be FOREVER GRATEFUL to him and your sweet mom!❤️❤️❤️ I plan to watch the service on zoom. 👍

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    Steve and Donna Crane says

    I am so sad to know of Terry’s passing. He and Louise were the most wonderful, loving, and caring neighbors to my mother, Wilma Crane. We always felt more comfortable with Mom being alone, knowing that the DeGraw’s were across the street watching out for her. In fact, one beautiful November day, Mom was caring for her flowers and just laid down on the grass and died. Louise saw it happen and called the ambulance, but it was too late. She then called my wife, Donna, who passed the message along to me. It was so comforting to know that Mom did not lie there long before Louise and Terry were there.

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    Donna and Steve Crane says

    We watched the funeral on Zoom. What a sweet funeral. We were happy to be able to hear all the remembrances of Terry. We know you will miss him….

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    Don Seat says

    I am so sorry for your loss, may the comfort of God be with you all at this difficult time…

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    Erika Richan says

    I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ bring peace and solace to your hearts.

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    Michele Hogan Anderson says

    Sorry for your loss. The DeGraw family is such a kind and giving family. May your memories of your father last a good long time. Wayne and Michele A

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