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Grant Davies Atkinson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend passed away peacefully on September 17th 2021 at age 74. He spent his final moments surrounded by his loving family who supported him through a long, courageous battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by those he left behind.
Born in American Fork, Utah on October 23rd 1946, the youngest of 3 children to Gordon T. Atkinson and Afton Edith Davies Atkinson. Grant's father passed away when he was 12 years old. Growing up as a young boy in Pleasant Grove, he was active in baseball and scouting – participating in the World Scouting Jamboree and earning his Eagle at the age of 15. He played on a fast pitch softball team for 10 years and was a life-long Dodgers fan.
A graduate of Pleasant Grove High School, Grant played clarinet in both the school band and marching band and was a forward on the basketball team – known for his famous hook shot. He went on to serve an LDS mission to the Central States, working with members of 10 different Native American tribes, for whom he developed a strong relationship of love and respect.
On November 13th, 1968 he married his sweetheart, Sherrie Eileen Meredith in the Salt Lake Temple where they were sealed for time and all eternity. Together they raised 5 sons and a daughter, and opened their home to many others, including a sweet Navajo daughter who lived with them for nine years. Family was important to Grant and he always put their needs before his own.
Grant attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelors in psychology (1971) and later a master’s degree in counseling and guidance (1981). His professional training made it possible for him to teach and relate to people throughout his life. Education and learning was important to him and he often told his children, "An education will pay you for the rest of your life."
He was a teacher and counselor for the Jordan School District for 24 years. In 1979, Grant obtained a masonry license and hired his sons, teaching them the value of hard work. As their boss, he gave them a good salary so they could learn to manage their own money. And as their boss, took them fishing at Trial Lake on Saturdays. He was hired by the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) to build and direct the American Fork campus. Prior to retiring at age 62, he was employed by Jordan Applied Technical Center to run the testing for state board licensing.
As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Grant was called to many leadership positions, faithfully serving and blessing the lives of others. Some of his callings included: Young Men’s President, Elders Quorum President, High Councilman, Bishop of the Lindon 1st Ward (1985-1990), Bishop of the BYU 115th Married Student Ward (1997-2002), 2nd Counselor in the Lindon Utah Central Stake Presidency (2004-2008), and 1st Counselor in an MTC Branch Presidency (2018).
Grant had a keen interest and felt a great desire to gather his family history. He was called to open the tri-stake family history center in Lindon (1992). The following year he started a pilot family history program for the BYU married student wards, supporting it for 4 years. His wife sustained him throughout his years of service.
With his beloved companion, Grant served 4 missions; Frankfurt Germany, Bishop's Storehouse, Richmond Virginia, and the Baltic States. These were rewarding years of service together.
Above all, his favorite calling was that of father and grandfather. His grandchildren brought him the greatest joy as he attended the events of their lives. He tenderly gave them nicknames, each one knowing they were Grandpa's favorite.
Grant's memory and legacy will be cherished by his eternal companion and wife, Sherrie; children; Mark, Amy (Kelly) Alvord, Paul (Mindee), Brad (Marianna), Jeff (Rachel), Brett (Sheri), and daughter Fern Little; 21 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and his brother Curtis (Kaye). He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Kathy, and grandson baby Jack.
An evening viewing will be held Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Olpin Family Mortuary Chapel, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00 am in the Lindon Stake Center Chapel, 56 East 600 North, Lindon where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:30 – 10:45 am prior to the services. Interment will be in the Lindon City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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