“Jack” Clealund Durfee
1933 ~ 2016
beloved patriarch and hero father returned home to his Maker
on November 25, 2016. Jack (John) Durfee began his journey
on Earth on August 23, 1933 being born to Clealund and Alta
Durfee. He is survived by his sister Kaye Warnke (John),
and sister-in-law Annetta (Richard) Anderson whom he loves
He married his eternal companion of 61 years, (Cuddles)
Gaylie Ora Dixon Durfee on August 19, 1955 in the Salt Lake
City, Utah Temple. He has missed her dearly for the past
four years and we are grateful for their joyful reunion.
Dad was faithful through the end as he studied, prayed and
enlightened those around him. He gave service in the Air
Force and through his many callings in the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints on Ward and Stake levels. Cherished
memories include serving as an Ordinance Worker in the Jordan
River and Mount Timpanogos Temples, serving a Member Locator
Service Mission with his sweetheart, and making up silly
songs he sang to his family.
Dad loves the Lord and loves his posterity. He is survived
by his nine children and spouses, John Durfee (Lori), Deborah
Lovelady (Alan), Patricia Miller (David), Kay Marie (Katie)
Smith (Ben), Denise Buhler (Steve), Kathleen Blood (Todd),
MaryLynn Quayson-Sackey (Alex), Jacquelyn Durfee, Sabrina
Tettey (Godgreat), sixty-two grandchildren and forty-eight
great-grandchildren with a great-grandchild on its way.
He leaves us with a great legacy of faith, testimony, charity
and sense of humor. He is loved and admired by those he
tirelessly taught and provided for.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 11:00
am on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the American Fork East
LDS Stake Center Chapel, 825 East 500 North, American Fork,
Utah. A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior
to the services at the church. Interment will be held at
the American Fork Cemetery.
A special thank you to all the medical staff, friends and
neighbors that served our family this past year. We appreciate
all your efforts in our behalf. We love you Dad.