Joseph E. Massey
-- 1948 ~ 2013 --

Joseph E. Massey, most beloved husband, father and friend passed away on July 18, 2013 in the arms of his loving wife and children, after a long and bravely fought battle with cancer. He was born on February 9, 1948 in Salt Lake City to Lula Faye and Joseph Irvin Massey, who both preceded him in death and are waiting to welcome him home. In 1993 he married the love of his life, Marilyn Massey, and the two have been inseparable ever since.

Joseph was a gifted leader with an infectious personality and a zeal for life that earned him the friendship, respect and admiration of nearly everyone he encountered. His intelligence, passion and strong character helped him climb to the top of his industry over the course of a 25-year career with Mallincktodt Nuclear, where his performance was recognized and applauded by colleagues and associates year after year. Yet, he was ever humble and modest about the success he achieved.

Joseph was the kind of man who attracted attention, not necessarily because he wanted the spotlight, but because when he spoke people were compelled to listen. He was interesting, articulate, thoughtful and spiritual, and time spent with him always resulted in a bit of tangible wisdom and a guaranteed laugh.

He loved life and lived it to the fullest, and a day was not complete until he did, as he would say, "something great!" That may have been a hike to the top of Box Elder Peak, or, near the end, a hike to the front door to enjoy a sunset, even if it was a cloud covered sky. He was a most positive, strong, kind and loving man who was a true hero to all who knew him.

For nearly two decades, Joseph overcame cancer the same way he always lived and succeeded at life--through intrepid perseverance, unwavering confidence, an enduring sense of humor and inspiring amounts of positivity and optimism. In the end his body may have lost the battle, but the unending medical treatments never slowed him down or weakened his spirit and resolve. His departure from this life leaves us with heavy hearts, but we find joy in knowing the Lord has welcomed him home with open arms. We love you Joseph.

He is survived by his forever companion, Marilyn, and seven children, Aaron Massey, Ashley Massey, Jason Massey, Brittney Massey, Monica Delgrosso, and Shanon Matkin, all of Utah, and Scotty Rogers, Phoenix, AZ. Joseph also loved and will miss his nine grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Linda Massey Olson, SLC, UT and many nieces, nephews and in-laws who also feel this great loss.

Funeral services celebrating his sensational life and lasting spirit will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, July 22, 2013 at Thanksgiving Village LDS Chapel, 3679 N. Bluegrass Blvd. Lehi, UT 84043. Family and friends may call the evening before, Sunday, July 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the church, and from 12:30 to 1:30 pm prior to services.

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