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Obituary: SHIELDS, JED W

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 22 2014 4:45 p.m. MDT

Jed W. Shields1919 ~ 2011Jed W. Shields, prominent Salt Lake attorney for nearly 50 years, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, November, 26, 2011. His greatest joys were found in his marriage and family and he will be missed by a large and loving posterity. He possessed a unique sense of humor and was equally kind to the janitor or the CEO throughout his life.Jed was born February 9, 1919 in Tooele, Utah to Eleroy and Maggie Marsden Shields. When he was 12 years old his family moved to Salt Lake City where he attended Roosevelt Junior High and East High School. In high school he played center for varsity football and sang in the school opera and acappella. He loved the classics, ballads, and some country music. His favorite DVDs were musical concerts and provided therapy throughout his illness. His caregivers had them all memorized!He studied at the University of Utah for one year before accepting a call to serve in the British Isles Mission for the LDS Church. He had a deep love and respect for his mission president, Elder Hugh B. Brown, and for the members of the Millennial Chorus, a group of singing elders who opened many doors with their terrific voices. They not only sang in chapels, but also in theatres, at universities, and other public venues. In 1938, when Germany began bombing England, the missionaries were evacuated and he finished his mission in the Southern States where he not only proselyted but was able to appear on a radio show in Miami sponsored by a member who allowed him to sing a few hymns.He returned to the U. for a short time and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He completed his pilot training and received his wings at Pensacola, Florida. The last years of his military service were in an elite corps of Coast Guard pilots assigned to air-sea rescue.While at the U, he pledged Sigma Chi and sang in the fraternity quartet, wrote for the Chronicle, was a member of the prom committee and served in student government. He received a B. S. in Political Science in 1943, and a Juris Doctorate in 1948. Soon after returning from the war, he met Shirlee Hurst on campus and a beautiful love affair began. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 30, 1948. She has been not only his wife but his best friend for nearly 64 years. A true romantic, he sent his fraternity pin to her active ceremony at the Delta Gamma house attached to a white orchid. After marriage, they spent their honeymoon in Miami, and then traveled to Mexico and from there many places throughout the world. The white orchid tradition continued in Shirlee's bridal bouquet, and as each child was born, a white orchid with a dozen red roses accompanied the new mother home, bringing a tearful response from the nurses.Jed was an active member of the Utah Bar Association, serving in many leadership capacities. An avid Republican, he was on the state's select committee of twelve for the Eisenhower campaign and served in many party leadership roles. He was a familiar guest lecturer in the business school at the U. as well. He was state president of the Navy League and was on the national board of directors. He was responsible for bringing the Navy Chief of Staff, Arleigh Burke, to Utah to review the Navy ROTC at the U. which resulted in a life-long friendship. Admiral Burke arranged for many tours of Navy sites and ships for Jed's many friends and family.Jed served in a number of capacities in the LDS Church and was particularly loved as a Gospel Doctrine Instructor, a calling he held for more than 25 years. Former class members still comment on the lively and informative discussions. He was also a popular fireside speaker on the subject of the spiritual aspects and daily challenges of marriage.In his later years, he extended his allegiances and became an avid BYU fan and member of Cougar Club. He bought season football tickets for more than 20 years and traveled to a number of bowl games.He was a much- loved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Veldon Shields, and sister Gwen Burns. He is survived by his wife, Shirlee, daughters Deborah (David) Smoot, Shauna (Carl) Erickson, Jeffrey (Mary) Shields, and Gregory (Kristy) Shields, He has 15 grandchildren including Owen (Kelly) Smoot, Emily Smoot (Chris) Baker, Amy Smoot (Brian) Foulger, Chad (Barbie) Erickson, Blake (Mindy) Erickson, Lisanne Erickson (Jeff) Steele, Lance (Bree) Erickson, Heidi Erickson, Dane Erickson (fiancée Heidi Holmes), Thomas Shields, Lauren Marie Shields, Angela Shields (fiancée Eric Russell), Allison Shields, April Shields (Jason) Reeve, Steven (Kayla) Shields. His great-granchildren include Collin, Connor, Abbie, Elle, and Bentley Erickson; Brandon and Cohen Steele; Caroline Baker, and Jo and Olivia Foulger.Special thanks to Dr. K. Chris Romney, Dr. Linda Scholl, John Rogers, Cynthia Saporito Aversa, and the caregivers at Tender Care, Adam, Austin, Kyle, Kelly, Susan, Lindsey, for their expertise to Jed these last few years.There will be a visitation for family and friends on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City.Additional visitation will be from 10:30-11:30 prior to the services at noon on Thursday, December 1, 2011, at the Monument Park 17th Ward located at 2795 Crestview Drive, Salt Lake City. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery.Contributions may be sent in Jed's honor to the Alzheimer's Association.Online condolences may be given and www.larkinmortuary.com