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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