Arlyn LeRoy Jesperson
1936 ~ 2012

Arlyn 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) step children.

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.

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