On Thursday, July 16, 2020 one of the best of us took an unexpected turn Heavenward leaving the world a better place. Kevin Bodily passed away near the top of the Timpanogos Cave Trail. His heart just couldn’t keep up with that giant personality it had supported for the past 57 years. “If I go I want it to be either on the Trail or the golf course,” Kevin had said many times. God was kind to grant that last wish.
Kevin’s family expresses their gratitude to the staff at Timpanogos Cave, the responding paramedics, and Kevin’s fellow early morning Trail Hikers for their efforts on his behalf and their attentiveness to the family. Not missing Kevin along the Trail are the occasional mountain goats he would persuade back up the mountainside - leaving the trail clear so the early morning hikers behind him wouldn’t be subjected to their stubborn nature.
Kevin was born March 2, 1963 to Lowell and Patricia Bodily in Logan, Utah. He was the 3rd of 4 children. Meeting him through the veil was his older brother Lorin Kent Bodily who preceded him in death. Surviving Kevin are his parents, his sister Tiffani and brother Lynn, his wife Jilane, his five children and seven grandchildren all of whom will be mentioned further on.
Kevin grew up in Bountiful, Utah and graduated from Woods Cross High School in 1981. Kevin’s wonky knees were a testament to the years he spent playing football and throwing the javelin through his high school years.
Kevin was your all around good natured, fun loving American teenager. Like so many other young men, Kevin earned the rank of Eagle Scout under the watchful eye of a loving mother who knew how to apply appropriate pressure to achieve a worthwhile goal. He served an LDS mission to Sao Paulo, Brazil. He graduated from Ricks College and went on to BYU where he graduated with a degree in Portuguese and International Relations in 1989. Through his college career, he continued his football and javelin. In fact, it was because of his success in track and field that he met a young Ricks College track runner named Jilane Williamson, a pretty girl from the Black Hills of South Dakota. Jilane found a kindred soul in Kevin. He was that one man who could tame her unbridled competitiveness and match her ego one accomplishment after another.
Kevin and Jilane married August 23, 1985 in the Salt Lake Temple. It was a race to see who could get to the altar first. Now together on the same team, they forged ahead to create a joined legacy filled with love and laughter. Chaz was the firstborn in 1986 followed by Brayden in 1989, Brock in 1993, Brooklynn in 1996, and Kenedee in 2000. Brayden married Jessica Bare, Brock married McKenzie Conner, and Brooklynn married Trevor Fairbanks. It wasn’t until recently that Jilane’s status of Kevin’s “true love” was put into jeopardy. It happened with the appearance of a 2019 Chevy Camaro, Kevin’s mid-life crisis dream car which he lovingly called Ambrosia until his grandson Wes changed the car’s name to Lightning McQueen.
Nicknames are a Bodily “thing”. Kevin called his father “Bucko” as did his children. Once Kevin’s first grandchild was born a new nickname was needed for himself. The normal “Grandpa” made him feel too old and broke tradition. It had to be two syllables long with consonants and vowels easily spoken by a baby (remember competitiveness?). With Kevin, the correct order of first words spoken by his grandchildren had to be mama, dada, and then DODO. Kevin would be “Dodo”. Missing their Saturday morning tradition of donuts with Dodo are his beloved grandchildren Daxton, Cruz, Indie, Wes, Jack, Hayes, and Ivy. We’re also sad to realize the grandchildren will never get to experience Kevin’s from the bench descriptions of a referee’s eyesight.
Kevin was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed the callings where he got to work with the youth. The other callings were OK, but if teens were involved, Kevin was in his element.
Kevin worked as a Product Manager for a few companies before landing that perfect job as a Solutions Manager for the LDS Church’s education system. Every day he and his team made a difference in the educational pathways of thousands of students worldwide. Kevin loved his workplace team and the ordering pranks they’d play on the local fast food establishments.
It would be well advised to sell any shares of Coca Cola before word of Kevin’s death reaches their corporate headquarters. Without Kevin balancing a gut buster mug at the end of the Diet Coke spigot, bankruptcy is on the horizon for the company and several local convenience stores. And isn’t there some kind of unwritten rule that you surrender your love of cartoons as you age? If there is, Kevin didn’t follow it. Every Sunday afternoon you’d most likely find Kevin on the couch watching Scooby-Doo or Shrek or Moana with grandkids snuggled on each side. Late night TV viewing was Kevin’s thing. Jilane has grown to hate the theme songs of MASH, Seinfeld and recently Super Market Sweep.
With Kevin gone, we worry about Jilane and Kenedee at home. Who will do the cooking?
Kevin is survived by his loving family and friends.
Family and friends may attend a viewing for Kevin on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 6-8 pm at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. The public is welcome with masks and social distancing.
Funeral services will be held directly after at 10506 N Edinburgh, Highland UT. Family and close friends are invited to the service and luncheon.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, masks and social distancing are required to attend Kevin's viewing at the mortuary.
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