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Obituary: SHELL, VERL

Verl Dee Shell

1938 ~ 2010

On February 24, 2010, at the age of 72, our beloved and devoted husband, father and grandfather peacefully passed away in his home with his eternal sweetheart by his side after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Verl Dee Shell was born February 17, 1938 in Provo, Utah to Mary LaRie Perry and Elmer Shell. His fondest childhood memories were of the days spent on his Grandfather (Marquis) Perry's farm in Mapleton where he developed his lifetime love of horses. Verl had an exciting and successful track and football career at Brigham Young University where he set and is currently tied for the most interceptions recorded in one game.

He transferred to the U of U where he met and later married the prettiest girl in his ballroom dance class, Joyce Louise Richards, the daughter of Lynn S. and Lucille Covey Richards. After graduating from the University of Utah with degrees in physical education, Verl and Joyce were married in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 12, 1962. Verl and Joyce then returned to BYU where he earned a masters degree in health education.

Verl is survived by his children Michael, Christine (Stephen) Holding, Stephanie Lynne (Ted) Mecham, Margaret (Jeff) Glover, Mariann (Wells) Wilkinson and by his 19 grandchildren who all think their grandpa hung the moon. He is also survived by Joyce's brothers and sisters whom he loves dearly.

Verl was a lifetime entrepreneur and always had a dream which was evident early in his teenage years when he turned a profit selling Holstein calves and breaking wild mustangs. After a rewarding career as a football, track and wrestling coach for Granite School District, Westminster College and the University of Utah, Verl owned and operated several of his own businesses including Beehive Arabians, Genetic Dynamics, Milestone Cattle Company, and A-1 Driving School. Verl loved the connections he made over the years with the many talented and loyal people he worked with in his business ventures.

Life with Verl was a constant adventure full of surprises. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a dog at his side. He loved taking his grandchildren for chocolate donuts, watching a great football game and riding his horses through the mountains of Montana. Most of all, we will remember Verl for his great compassion, his never ending generosity, his testimony of the Savior and his unconditional love for Joyce and their family.

We will miss you Dad!

Funeral services will be held

Monday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Forest Bend Ward located at 7784 South 2000 East. Viewings will be held Sunday, February 28, at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah from

5 - 7 p.m. and Monday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at the LDS Forest Bend Ward house. Verl's body will be laid to rest at the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery beside his sweet grandson, Logan Mecham.