Cleon Thomas Menlove of Orem, Utah, died on July 23, 2001 at Utah Valley Hospital, surrounded by family, from com-plications from emphysema.
Cleon was born October 22, 1914 to Ernest and Inez Menlove in Provo, Utah. Cleon graduated from Provo High School where he played center and was the star of the basketball team.
He married Ida Nuttall on September 28, 1937 in the Salt Lake Temple. Cleon started his working career as a messenger for Western Union where he worked up to be a manager. He then worked at Geneva Steel as a scale car operator for 37 years. He was an active member of the LDS Church and served in a variety of positions. He especially liked working with the Scouts and home teaching.
He loved fishing, camping, hunting, and making things out of wood. Many of his toys were so well made that the grandchildren still play with them today. He also loved BYU basketball and football and planned his life around their schedule so he hardly missed seeing a game.
He is remembered best for his strong testimony, brilliant white hair, his dry wit, his bright smile, and his calm demeanor. Even in his declining years he always greeted everyone with his bright smile and tinkling laugh.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Menlove; three sons, Alan (Connie), Roger (Launa), and Don (Naedal) Menlove; three daughters, Judy (Joel) Osborne, Joy (Donn) Chytraus, and Becky Diamond; 26 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren and one sister, Verna. He was preceded in death by parents, five brothers, two sisters, one grandson, and one great-grandson.
Services will be held at the Orem 3rd Ward LDS Chapel, 365 S. 900 E., 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, 2001. Friends and family may call on Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State Street, Orem and Friday, 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church. Interment at the Orem City Cemetery, 1520 N. 800 E., Orem.