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Reed Whitesides

Reed Burton Whitesides

Monday, July 23rd, 1923 - Friday, December 6th, 2019
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Our beloved, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Uncle, Son, Brother and most treasured role of Husband Reed Burton Whitesides was born to Frank Lewis and Nettia Belinda Burton Whitesides on the family farm in Layton, Utah on July 23, 1923.

Reed learned how to work hard growing up on the family farm in humble circumstances. As a teenager he received the 4-H award for "The Healthiest Boy in Utah." He was a hard worker who taught his seven children the value of work. Everything he put his mind to he accomplished. Including dating a young lady who caught his eye at a high school dance while both were on dates with other people. During the night he would move his dance partner throughout the dance floor to be able to wink at and flirt with the girl of his dreams, Allene Wood. This was the beginning of an eternal romance. Reed and Allene were married on January 20, 1943 in the Salt Lake City Temple.

Reed joined the war effort as a newlywed, serving with honor in the United States Army Air Force. At the end of World War II he chose to be with his beautiful bride and children as well as further his education.
He attended both Utah State University and Weber State University while working multiple jobs to provide for his family. He was an entrepreneur, gemologist, and owned Monarch Jewelry in Kaysville, Utah. He was an expert watch repairman. He worked as an agent for New York Life Insurance along with other insurance companies. His war time experience opened doors for him to work for the Air Force as a civilian at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah. He transferred to the Air National Guard and accepted a position in Arlington, Virginia working from the Pentagon and finished his career at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland. His character and dedication led to many professional achievements and awards.

Reed had a love of music throughout his life, as a young boy he played the clarinet. Reed was an exceptional singer with a beautiful baritone voice. While attending Weber State University he was cast as the lead in the musical "South Pacific." With the encouragement of his father-in-law, he auditioned for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and performed with them for twenty-two years. During this time, both Reed and Allene traveled the world as ambassadors and missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Reed shared his testimony through music by regularly performing at church, funerals, and other events.

Reed was considered a master gardener and had a talent for landscaping. Everything he touched turned green and was beautiful. In each of the neighborhoods he lived in, his vegetable gardens, lawns, flowers and trees would gain recognition and praise. After retirement from the government, he began another career starting a landscaping company with his daughter, Wendi Keilwert, called "A Bloomin Affair."

Reed had an engineering mind and was able to fix anything from a toaster to a computer. He took care of all the services on the automobiles. He could take things apart and put them back together again in working order. He marveled at the advances in technology and was an early adopter of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook as a way of staying close to his immediate and extended family. He would often call, facetime, email with his posterity, showing how involved and supportive he was in their lives. One of the favorite things he did was to create a personalized card, to celebrate life's special events. Inside each card he would choose a picture of the recipient, that he would have taken, that was always highly anticipated. Reed played in the family fantasy football league, making the playoffs this year.

He was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As an example to those around him, Reed was a missionary in action ministering to his brothers and sisters in his influence. Some of his favorite callings included serving with his sweetheart, Allene on a full-time mission in Nauvoo, Illinois for two and half years. Then serving together for over twenty years in the Washington D.C. Temple. He often bore his testimony to his family through his example and helping each one of his posterity to stay strong and serve the Lord.

He was preceded in death by his wife beloved wife, Allene Wood Whitesides, on February 23, 2017, 1 brother (Jay), 4 sisters (Elma, Lois, Ima, Ila), grandsons Jared John Keilwert, C. Cody Christen, and Jordan Don Whitesides.

He is survived by seven children Tamera Miner, (James Oneil) Judy Kay Bennett, (F. Edward Bennett deceased), Barry Reed Whitesides (Roxanne deceased, Beth ) Cindy Ballou, Roland Whitesides (Christine),Wendi Keilwert (Greg), Jason Whitesides (Melanie). He had 21 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren.

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm with a viewing from 9:00am to 11:30am on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave. Provo, UT. To express condolences and read the full obituary visit
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:30am
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 9:00am - 11:30am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 12:00pm
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 |
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
    Kaysville City Cemetery
    500 Crestwood Rd
    Kaysville, Utah 84037
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Donna Sweet-Sumbot

Posted at 12:35pm

I was not privileged to meet the Whitesides until we connectied at a Nauvoo Reunion where I believe a friend had dropped them off. They announced they needed a ride back to their assisted living home in Draper. I volunteered which was a great opportunity to get to know them better. I was living in Centerville Utah at this time, but am so grateful that I did get to know them even though it was a brief encounter it was so worth that time I spent to drive them home.

Renee Ritter

Posted at 05:49pm
So sorry for your loss. Reed was always so musically talented, so pleasant & smiled with a twinkle in his eyes whenever he spoke of his dear wife or even as they bravely faced health scares in their golden years. I loved to hear his powerful voice as he bore his testimony. For many years he & his wife were looked up to as the Father & Mother figures of the Rockhill Ward in Stafford, VA., because they were such stalwart examples. They were always cheerful, friendly & helped to uplift the down trodden with stories from their lives & humor. Both of them are I indeed very missed. Hugs & prayers of comfort sent your way! You were all so especially blessed to have them both as beloved family members.
Bro. Floyd & Sister Renee’ Ritter

phillip kunz

Posted at 11:03am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sacred time. He was a good man. We extend our love and sympathy to you and your family. Phillip and Joyce Sheffield Kunz

David Douglas Dickson

Posted at 11:37am
Blessed with an incredible baritone singing voice, our Uncle Reed sang two solos at our wedding reception after which each time those present couldn’t stop their clapping for more. So often in our association with him, the times we drove to the Salt Lake Tabernacle to hear the choir sing of which he was a member, we heard the blessed refrains of a heavenly-created voice crafted by our Father in Heaven to bring an abundance of joy to our lives.
But his voice was not all, he had been selected as a young man one year to be the best example of a well-developed physical specimen of humanity, something we had shared in a picture with us by my mother, who was his oldest sister. Of him, she would say so often that he was the quintessential answer to a longing prayer by our grandparents as a replacement for their other only son, Jay Burton Whitesides, who had been killed in an untimely manner when a horse dragged him to his death. Grandma was pregnant with Reed at the time; the loss was so great for his parents that little could console them except the replacement sent from God in the form of this marvelous young man to whom our grandparents gave the name of Reed and the middle name of our grandmother’s maiden name, Burton. His well-tuned body, handsome face, magnificent head of hair, adroit cadence at walking or running, fully developed muscles to do whatever it was needed to be done for his family, Reed was well adapted to fix or repair anything in the house or yard where the family lived.
Well do we remember the visits to their home and the fun times we had with his children, our cousins, in whom the same blessed qualities expressed themselves as found in him and their mother in joyful and happy reunions. How we looked forward to be with them, to play to our hearts’ content and to know with Reed and Alene we could be encouraged to create a lasting friendship and caring concern.
With his jewelry business and attention to clocks of all kinds, it was not unusual for him to come to Morgan to visit us, bring the latest Timex watches with him to show their endurance at being thrown high in the sky and landing wherever and still running. In addition to the newest clocks, often he drove in a VW bug to see us and gave us thrills of a lifetime in that car as he demonstrated with ecstatic pride its maneuverability on the roughest of roads in Morgan County, each time after such a ride that the clocks still worked all right. Such fun, such relished memories of an uncle surely born to leave a legacy of happiness, zest, and zeal upon our minds and spirits.
Police in Davis and Morgan counties were always gunning for him in his escapades with a heavy foot on the accelerator of his dad’s Mercury car, and on one occasion when I was with him, we were being pursued on one of our county roads in Morgan by T. J. Stuart, our local sheriff. Shutting off the headlamps once we arrived where there were many houses, he simply pulled into an empty garage, shut off the car, pulled down the garage door, and there we sat for a half hour or so until Reed was sure T. J. had given up on the chase. My mother asked me when Reed came back to our house with me if I had had a good time with my uncle? I told her it had been as usual “an unforgettable experience.”
Uncle Reed created so many unforgettable experiences in his life for us, and I relish with delight and respect the profound influence for good he, his wife, and his family had upon me.
Even in his advanced years, it was not unusual for him to call me on my birthday to wish me well. He really had created for me a special bonding that I look forward to have carry on when next I am able to be with him in the world of spirits with my own mother and all her family.
Thanks for the memories, Uncle Reed. Your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as we have so much in your life of which to be pleased and happy.
It is with great regret that we cannot be in attendance at the funeral, but Eleanor’s health because of dealing with blood clots and unable to travel or be alone at the present time makes it impossible for us to be there. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family members. Love,
David Douglas and Eleanor Dickson


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