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Obituary: STEVENS, J

J. Hillman Stevens1919 ~ 2013J. Hillman Stevens, 93, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. J. Hillman or Steve (as he was known to his friends) was born on July 10, 1919, in Parowan, Utah, to Joseph Stevens Jr. and Alice Minerva Yardleythe youngest of nine children.He married June Paul on December 30, 1942. They had three children together. They were later divorced. He married Carol Walker Paul on November 3, 1986. She passed away in 1998. He married Carol E. Cowan Jones on June 24, 2008. She lovingly cared for him these last few months.He was in the first group drafted into the US Army for Utah during World War II, serving in the Persian Gulf Command. At the Tehran Conference in Iran, he made his mother's famous homemade peppermint ice cream for Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt. After the War, he served in the US Army Reserves, retiring after 32 years as a Chief Warrant Officer. Dad was an insurance salesman for Prudential Insurance. His love for people and his ability to talk to anyone served him well in his 32 years as an insurance agent. He and June had many memorable conference trips with Prudential.Dad's greatest joy in life was his family. He loved each one of them and never missed an opportunity to tell each of them how much he loved them. He lived life to the fullest. Dad loved to hunt, fish, travel, garden, dance, watch sports, and gather pine nuts with his best friend, Clarence. Dad had a wonderful sense of humor. He always said funny little sayings like "I'm busier than a one armed paper hanger" or "it will feel better when it quits hurting." He loved living in St. George and especially loved the heat there.Dad was active in the LDS church. He served faithfully in many callings, including Bishop of the Ogden 17th ward. He found great joy in attending the temple.He is survived by his wife, Carol E. Stevens, and the following sons and daughters: David Stevens (Carol), Kathy Mower (Barry); Zan Burningham, David Paul, Pam Fullmer (Jon), Layne Paul (Vicky), Mark Paul (Patti), Janna Paul (Mario); Kathy Bailey (Brian), Becky Thorne; Robert Ashworth; 14 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and many step-grandchildren and step great grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews who held a special place in his heart.He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, daughter (Ann Lindsey) and grandson (Mark Lindsey).The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Inspiration Hospice for their loving care.Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at 11 am at the Grandview 2nd Ward, 2930 South 20th East, Salt Lake City. Friends may visit with family on Tuesday, June 25, from 6-8 pm at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City and Wednesday, 10:00-10:45 am at the church.Interment, Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road, Ogden. "Tell them all I love them!"