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Rulon Brooks Terry passed peacefully from this life at his home in Layton, Utah on January 30, 2023. He was born the third of five children to Leroy and Jane Elizabeth (Brooks) Terry on November 27, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law Timothy Clinton Wangsgaard and his brother Leroy Clyde Terry. He is survived by his wife, Linda Smith Terry, his children, Bryon Paul (Lynette Freeze) Terry, Connie Lynn (Nathan Alan) Tippetts, Kristine (Timothy Clinton-deceased) Wangsgaard, Charlene (Wayne Benjamin) Johnson, David
Allen (Kristin Marie Palkki) Terry; siblings Della (Gary Holt) Youngberg, Douglas John (Gloria) Terry, Kelly Wade Terry. He has 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He grew up and lived in Layton for most of his life. He attended Layton Elementary, Central Davis Jr High School and graduated from Davis High School.
He served a mission in Florida and even brought home a stuffed alligator. When he returned from his mission, he went to barber college in Salt Lake City and then barbered with his father at Terry’s Barber Shop on Main St in Layton, Utah.
After his marriage to Linda Smith on August 4, 1969, he continued to barber while going to college at Weber State College in Ogden. In 1971, Rulon joined the U.S. Air Force and went to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for his boot camp and then was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM. He served there as a medic in the hospital on base until 1974, when he got out on an early out program and served the rest of his time in the Army Reserves.
He moved his family, Linda and three children, back to Utah where he worked at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City for about a year. He left that employment to barber in Salt Lake City for a while and during that time went to Weber State College to learn auto mechanics. He worked for a while at an auto dealership in Bountiful as a mechanic and then got a job working for the State of Utah in their public assistance programs. He later went to Ogden to work with the Office of Recovery Services and retired from there in July 2009.
Growing up, he learned how to tool leather and made several items for family and friends. He built a weaving loom, the deck on his home in Layton and has enjoyed listening to music and helping friends and family record songs.
When he was young, he liked to go fishing with his dad and brothers and when he got older went fishing with his brothers and other family members. He especially liked ice fishing, not the cold, just the fishing!
He liked to learn new things and when he did, he went all out to do the very best with it. He learned calligraphy and even taught a few adult educations classes for Davis County School District. He had a "green thumb" for African Violets. This started because he was given an African Violet one time and it died. He wasn’t going to let the plant win so he learned all he could about them and built up an inventory of over 1600 plants. One of the last skills he learned was sharpening knives of all kinds and even made a knife out of a metal file.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has held positions in bishoprics, as clerks and teaching Sunday School and Priesthood classes. He loved to teach the gospel to anyone who would to listen. He had a testimony and love for the Savior!
Funeral services will be held Monday, February 6, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah. Friends may visit family Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton.
Sunday, February 5, 2023
6:00 - 8:00pm (Mountain time)
Monday, February 6, 2023
9:30 - 10:30am (Mountain time)
Monday, February 6, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm (Mountain time)
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