Cleon James Wilcox, age 98 of West Jordan, Utah, died on May 29, 1998 while visiting in Lebanon, Kentucky.

Cleon Wilcox was born on May 1, 1900 to Oliver LeRoy Wilcox and Lucy Evaline Clark Wilcox. Married Reah Thorn Wilcox on December 22, 1927.Preceded in death by Reah on April 8, 1988.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, Julia Bobb Wilcox; and his seven children: Dale (Bonnie) Wilcox of Pleasant Grove, UT; Duane Thorn (Edna) Wilcox of Sandy, UT; Maxine Wilcox (Grant) Nelson of Magna, UT; Joyce Wilcox Palmer (Stanley) Hunt, currently serving a mission in Yonkers, NY; Sharon Wilcox Alexander of Salt Lake City, UT; Laraine Wilcox Huff of Enterprise, UT; Kevin (Eirie) Wilcox of Smithfield, North Carolina; stepsons: Ivan (Judy) Bobb of Salt Lake City, UT; Danny (Tomoko) Beckers of Rio Rancho, NM; 38 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren, five great great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren; two brothers: LeRoy (Letha) Wilcox of Orem, UT; Glen (Afton) Wilcox currently serving a mission in McAllen, TX; two sisters: Lucille Wilcox Wimmer of Midvale, UT; and Roxie Wilcox Anderson of Riverton, UT.

He worked at various occupations during his life. He was a salesman early in life and he also worked construction on the Hoover Dam. He was a U.S. Postal Service employee for nearly 30 years, the majority of time as a letter carrier. He also drove cab in Salt Lake City until he was 80 years old. He was a faithful and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his entire life and loved the Lord. He served a mission to the Samoan Islands for three years from 1920 to 1922. He served as a Seventy in the Quorum Presidency, High Priests Group Leader and many other positions. When he was not traveling with Julia he would attend the Jordan River Temple three to four times a week right up to two weeks before his death.

He was loved and respected by all who knew him and an inspiration to his many descendants. He loved to share his testimony of the gospel to his family and tell us of his love for us all. He will be greatly missed by all.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at 1 p.m. in the West Jordan 4th Ward Chapel at 1899 West 7600 South, West Jordan, UT. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 255 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, and at the Ward on Tuesday from 11:45 to 12:45 p.m. Burial will be in the Farmington City Cemetery, Farmington, UT.

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