Joseph "Big Joe" Winther of Lindon, Utah passed away Thursday August 8th, 2019, surrounded by the things that he loved most–the Lord, his family, and beautiful music. He was 81 years old.
Joe was born April 3, 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was one of three children of Joseph Hyrum and Annie Virginia Curtis Winther.
Joe liked to tell his children that he had two careers in his life–one in battle and one in saving people. The first career was the United States Marine Corp, where he served for 24 years, including two overseas tours–in the Vietnam War and in Okinawa–before retiring on July 31, 1981. His second career was at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Office Building in Salt Lake City, where he worked and retired as a Software Engineer in the CES department.
Joe married the love of his life (Colleen Coons) on June 8, 1961. Together they travelled the country while serving in the Marine Corp, living for ten years on the East Coast, ten years on the West Coast, and many places and bases in between. Their seven children were born across the United States–from coast to coast.
Joe is survived by his wife Colleen, his children: Leslie Christiansen (Grant), Christopher Paul Winther (Marcie), Deborah Winther, Joseph Eric Winther (Kristine), Jennifer Festi (James), Julie Ann Foggin (Ron), James Jonathan Winther (Mariko), 25 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Whether it was his family, the soldiers that served with him, the students he loved and encouraged as a BYU bishop, the strangers he met in supermarket check-out lines, or the doctors and nurses that took such great care of him in the end, Big Joe touched everyone he met. He was kind, humorous, larger than life, and impossible to forget.
We will all miss his jokes, his stories, his math assignments, and how so many of his sentences began with "Let me tell you something..." and ended with "... and this and that."
Funeral services will be held Saturday August 17th, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the Lindon Stake Center at 1050 East 100 North, Lindon where family and friends may attend a viewing from 11:00am-12:45 pm prior to services. Interment will be held in the Lindon City Cemetery with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 72. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com Funeral directors – Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove.
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