Andrew Joseph (Joe) Neff, age 91, passed away on March 3, 2001 in Salt Lake City. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, friend, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
He was born on November 26, 1909 to Andrew Love Neff and Lauretta Snow Neff in Brigham City, Utah. He married Afton Pack on June 16, 1932 in Salt Lake City. Following graduation from LDS High School, he attended four years at the University of Utah. Joe started Neff Floral in 1927 with the help of his mother. He was a creative and talented floral designer and appeared as a guest designer and commentator at numerous florist conventions throughout the western states. Following graduation from the Dale Carnegie course, he developed his own Joe Neff course in salesmanship. The spirit of this background expressed itself in his wonderful sense of humor and fondness for playing practical jokes.
He loved spending time at the family cabin that he and his brother Marshall built in Millcreek Canyon. He and his family also enjoyed gathering juniper berries for Christmas wreaths and searching for ornamental driftwood in Skull Valley, UT. He and his wife Afton loved to travel all over the world, and visited many interesting places. Many winters were spent in Desert Hot Springs, CA soaking up the sun and enjoying the desert scenery.
Joe was a member of Optimist International, FTD, Utah State Florist Association, and Utah Allied Florist Association. He and Afton also belonged to several dinner and card clubs comprised of good friends with whom they maintained friendships for over sixty years. In his younger years, he loved to fish and play tennis. More recently, he enjoyed watching tennis and rooting for the Utah Jazz. He was very honest, kind, fair, unassuming, courteous, creative, and always wanted to "do the right thing."
He is survived by his three children: daughter, Merlyn Neff Olson, West Jordan; sons, Steve (Judy), Salt Lake City; and Sherman, Sherman Oaks, CA; five granddaughters: Shauna Olson (Mike) Stewart, St. George; Sherri Olson (Michael) Behunin, St. George; Megan Neff (Doug) Kimball, Farmington; Brynnly Neff (John) Maxfield, Salt Lake; and Darcie Neff (Jon Kamler), Salt Lake; and ten great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his "mighty fine wife" Afton whom he loved very much, his two siblings (Ellen and Marshall), and one great-granddaughter (Alicia).
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2001 at 12 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Friends and family may call Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, and prior to the services at 11-11:45 a.m. Interment at Wasatch Lawn
Memorial Park, 3401 So. Highland Dr.
Joe's family wishes to express appreciation and special thanks to Paulette Ransom as well as friends and staff at Millcreek Retirement Residence.