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Arden Tuckett

Arden Francis Tuckett

Tuesday, May 26th, 1931 - Thursday, August 6th, 2020
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Arden Francis Tucket, age 89, passed away on August 6, 2020 in Cedar Hills, UT.

Arden was born on May 26, 1931 to Jesse and Verda Margaret (Francis) Tuckett. He grew up in Lake Shore, Utah on a small farm where he was the 3rd of 10 siblings and learned the joy of hard work. He could milk a cow, thin beets and take care of other chores around a farm at a very young age. As a child he caught the carp in the nearby canal where his mom canned fish for their winter supply and Arden hated eating fish. He played sports for Spanish Fork High School such as basketball and wrestling but had to walk home afterward from Spanish Fork to Lake Shore. He was very good at fixing anything broken including mechanical as well as creating useful things around the farm.

Arden served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the SouthWest Indian Mission where he learned to speak the Navajo language for two years. Following his mission he was called to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War. The war ended before he finished basic training at Fort Ord California so he was stationed in France where he became the camp cook and organized his kitchen the same as his mother did for her very large family.

Upon returning from the Army, Arden met Cheryle Widdison at a single adult activity and after dating they were married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on November 17, 1955. Together they lived in various parts of Utah but raised their 7 children in Lehi, Utah where he started Lehi Bakery working hard as a baker for over 20 years. It was here he served his community and so many people, as well as brought joy to those who bought his baked goods. He was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in various callings such as Scouting, Sunday School, Young Men’s, a Seventy and then a bishop.

He loved to sing and perform in ward road shows, choirs and with his brothers. When Arden retired, he and Cheryle served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tennessee filming court records and then he moved to St. George for a year but when his wife Cheryle passed away. He returned to Utah county and lived out his days near his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In his later years he loved traveling and going to Colorado to be with his daughter and family on their cattle ranch and loved chasing cows to the mountains. He never met a stranger he didn’t love and people were easily drawn to him because he was so easy to love. Some of his hobbies were whittling, cooking famous rice pudding, eclairs and doughnuts for Halloween as well as crafting Christmas houses out of cardboard and royal icing.

He is survived by his seven children; Brent (Valerie) Tuckett of Lehi, UT, Laurie Smith of Midvale, UT, Bruce (Erin) Tuckett of Mt. Pleasant, UT, Joan Tuckett of Highland, UT, Mark (Stefanie) Tuckett of Lehi, UT, Margaret (Derrell) Shawcroft of LaJara, CO, and Kevin (Janel) Tuckett of Lehi, UT as well as 5 siblings; Thora Wilcox, Brenda Renier, Ruby Ann Smith, Duane Tuckett and Jolene Reynolds. He enjoyed the love shared with his 33 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and the many others that called him grandpa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryle Widdison Tuckett, parents Jesse and Verda Tuckett, siblings LeMar Tuckett, Lois McAfee, Clive Tuckett, John Tuckett and Theo Tuckett and grandson Jason Derrell Shawcroft.

Due to the current health concerns regarding COVID-19, funeral services will be limited to immediate family only. Extended family and friends are invited to watch the services via a live webcast which will start on Monday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m. (Please click on the photos and videos tab above for the link). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund.
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  • Service

    Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, August 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 9:00am
    Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park
    17111 South Camp Williams Road
    Bluffdale, Utah 84065
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Nan Pay

Posted at 11:13am
Arden was a very special man. I always felt included and cared for. Love to you all!

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Tiffany Nielsen

Posted at 08:42pm
Brent, Valerie, Kevin and Janel. Our hearts and prayers are with you. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Arden. Mark’s favorite memory of Arden is him taking his Sunday School class To the Bakery. Mark is forever grateful for Arden given him his first job outside of delivering newspapers. All our love, Mark and Tiffany Nielsen.

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Posted at 09:30pm
Laurie and Family, may God bless you and help you through your sorrow. Always remember the happy times. .Love, Russell's & Nichols
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