J Malan Heslop 1923 ~ 2011

J Malan Heslop (88) died July 29, 2011. He was born June 18, 1923, at Taylor, Weber County, Utah, to Jesse and Zella Malan Heslop. He grew up on the family farm in West Weber, graduated from Weber High School in 1941. His interest was photography. While at L.A. City college, J enlisted as an Army Combat Photographer and served in Europe during World War II. J met Fae Stokes at Weber College in 1941, and they were married May 1, 1944, in the Salt Lake Temple. Discharged from the Army in November 1945, J enrolled in Utah State Agricultural College (now USU). He established a photo studio and worked as a free-lance photographer. Upon graduation in 1948, J joined the photography staff at the Deseret News. J and Fae are the parents of five children, Paul, Lyn, Scott, Ann, and Don. J and Fae served in the LDS Salt Lake 26th ward, where J became bishop, and later served in the Pioneer Stake presidency. In 1964 they built a home in Ensign Downs. J served on the YMMIA general board and in 1967 became president of Salt Lake Stake. Other callings included Regional Representative, Mission President, Stake Patriarch, and various ward and stake callings. He was devoted to the Church J headed the photo department at the Deseret News until 1968 when he became editor of the Church News with emphasis on world-wide coverage. He became managing editor at the Deseret News in 1976 and retired in 1988. He and Dell Van Orden co-authored more than a dozen books and plays. He was a leader in establishing the Ensign Peak Nature Park and has enjoyed his family, travel, and life with his wife, Fae. She died March 21, 2009. Survived by five children Paul (Peggy), Lyn Lynch (Jerry), Scott (Becky), Ann Coleman (Dean), Don (Lydia) and 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and granddaughter, Jennifer Lyn Osmond. A viewing will be held Thursday, August 4, 6-8 p.m., at Larkin Mortuary (260 East South Temple). Funeral services will be in the Ensign Peak Ward chapel (125 East North Sandrun Road) on Friday, August 5, at 12 noon, with a viewing 10:45-11:45 a.m. Interment Salt Lake City Cemetery. On-line condolences at www.larkincares.com