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
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
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.