1936 ~ 2012
Jesperson, 75, peacefully passed away, July 24th after a
long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born in Salt
Lake City, Utah on August 13, 1936 and his family eventually
moved to Arizona where he grew up.
During high school, Arlyn was loved by his peers, who elected
him Senior Class President and Homecoming King. The Starting
Center in basketball and leading scorer for the Mesa Jack
Rabbits, he lead them to several victories and was often
featured in the local newspaper. He played for the Arizona
All Star Basketball Team which then lead to a scholarship
at BYU. Arlyn married his high school sweetheart, Elaine
Joy Unangst in 1955 who passed in July, 1972. While at BYU
he joined the Air Force and was honorably discharged in
1960. Shortly after, he began a successful 38-year career
as an account exec at S.D.G.& E, where his coworkers
fondly nicknamed him "Jess."
His faith and dedicated service defined him. He served
in many church capacities, including bishopric and High
Council. Believing that service would change our own hearts,
he loved visiting the elderly and sick with his children.
One of his favorite experiences was serving a mission in
Charlotte, North Carolina, as he loved sharing the gospel
with others. He was always a missionary! Arlyn loved to
write; he was the author of several articles for the Ensign
and completed a book on the Atonement just prior to his
death. One of his gifts and passions was his ability to
recite scriptures and poetry from memory (Robert Frost,
Kahlil Gibran, and Hugh Nibley). He loved quoting D&C
121 (the entire section).
He is survived by Doris Johnson, Jay Jesperson (Serena),
Elaine Dalton (Gary), Michelle Stewart (Joseph), James Jesperson
(Kristin), Teran Bowman (Andrew), Bronwyn Radle (Steve),
and (25) grandchildren, (9) great grandchildren and (5)
Arlyn inspired and influenced numerous generations. WE
WILL LOVE AND MISS YOU, DAD!
Viewing to be held 2pm-4pm, Saturday, July 28th at 4259
W. Mesquite Way, Cedar Hills. The funeral will be held graveside
with immediate family only.