Ruel J. Eskelsen 1954 ~ 2011Comment on this story
Ruel J. Eskelsen was born June 18, 1954, in Durango, Colorado, to Quinn and Ruth Eskelsen of Brigham City. He died in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2011. He lived a life full of love. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 38 years, Lily Eskelsen, and a generous and kind father to their two sons. Ruel loved books and jazz and hiking everywhere, but especially in our national parks. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Utah and received his master's degree in Library Science from Emporia State University in Kansas. He was proud to be a veteran of the U.S. Army and was an active member of the Unitarian Church. He is survived by his wife, Lily, their sons, Jeremy (Mike Hargreaves) Eskelsen and Jared Eskelsen, his father, Quinn M. Eskelsen, his brothers, David (Carla) Eskelsen, Doug Eskelsen, his sister, Amy (Don Standing) Eskelsen, and his grandchildren Quentin Smith and Nikita Eskelsen. There will be a celebration of the life of Ruel J. Eskelsen on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 596 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the teacher scholarship fund endowed by Ruel and Lily, "Maestros Para Los Niños", made payable to the University of Utah. Scholarship donations should be sent to University of Utah c/o Maestros Para Los Ninos Endowed Scholarship Fund, 540 Arapeen Dr., Suite 250, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.