*2wCAPFb*M JEOFFRY DAHL
September 4, 1943 -July 28, 2017
M Jeoffry Dahl was born to Jim and Iris Dahl September 4, 1942 in American Fork, Utah in the Utah Power and Light Building. The doctor lived upstairs. Jeoff was the eldest of 6 children. The first few years of his life were spent on a ranch owned by his family in Fairfield, Utah. He left mortality July 28, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah following a heart attack and a tragic vehicle accident in which his wife Karen was also seriously injured. His daughter, MarJanna, was there with him in the hospital at his passing.
Jeoff moved with his family to a ranch in Starr Valley, NV when he was 2 and lived his entire life on that ranch, with the exception of his time serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spoke fluent Spanish from his time of service in Argentina and later enjoyed the blessing of his brothers, sons and several nephews serving Spanish-speaking missions. He started his education in the one-room Boulder School in Starr Valley, graduated from Wells High School, where he developed his many skills, including public speaking during his time as an active FFA member, and attended the University of Utah. His lifelong education as a rancher had a sudden start when he returned home from his mission a bit early to take over the family ranch at the untimely passing of his father. It was a heavy task to place on the shoulders of a 21-year-old, and Jeoff did his best to take care of his mother and his siblings.
Jeoff married Karen Gilligan August 23, 1968 in the Salt Lake LDS temple. Their first date was on Valentine’s Day of that year. He was devoted to Karen, and in his final moments, his greatest concern was for his bride of nearly 50 years. Jeoff is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, MarJanna—Salt Lake City, UT; sons: Matt (Kelly)—Burns, OR; Jake (Heather)—Fort Collins, CO; Marlow (Stephanie)—Ruby Valley, NV; Jim (Kelly)—Fallon, NV; Jon (Tami)—Starr Valley, NV; Siblings: Kraig (Cathy); Kirk (Ramona), Cortney (Trudy), and Kristine (Kim—deceased); The pride and joy of his life, 16 grandchildren: Mason, Kolton, Matthew, Jackson, Madison, Natalie, Quincy, Drew, Jordyn, Mayla, Joe, Max, Mika, Marli, Brynli and Max. His parents and a stillborn sister preceded him in death.
Jeoff truly understood the importance of serving, and he was devoted to his family, his community, and his faith. His life was full of service to others. Jeoff served as State President of the Nevada Farm Bureau, Elko County School Board President and in many church callings.
Jeoff had a great love and respect for good things: people, dogs, horses, food, cattle, and a job well done. He looked for the good in all things and people and took time to recognize and compliment the individual. From his youth, he had a fascination for flying. He held a commercial pilots license and owned an airplane for a time (he succeeded in getting his brothers, Kirk and Cortney, air sick on nearly every flight). Jeoff not only loved to fly in his airplane, but also on the road as he adventured with his brothers. In their youth, they would spend the entire day in the hay field then drive to Salt Lake City, Utah or Boise, Idaho to go dancing and be back to the ranch in time to be in the hayfield the next morning for a full day’s work.
So many nieces, nephews and dear friends have reminisced about his big, greeting smile, huge bear hugs and his love and concern for them. He had a booming voice, but a tender heart. Jeoff was an attentive listener and made people feel like they mattered more to him than anything else in the world when they were expressing concerns to him or seeking his advice. When he met someone, it was always with a firm handshake and direct eye contact. He was well-read, enjoyed words and often expressed his feelings with an original poem.
In his later years, Jeoff was distinctly identified by his shiny bald head and his bib overalls. He loved to tell stories and inherited the ability to tell a good one from his dad. He enjoyed hearing of the successes of others and never hesitated to compliment someone and generously give when others needed help. He and Karen helped to financially support many missionaries and did so because things always went better when they were helping a missionary.
He will be missed by many for his kind words, devotion, and the traditional Dahl avocado and shrimp dip.
A memorial for Jeoff will be held when his wife Karen recovers from injuries received during the car accident. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Jeoff Dahl Missionary Support Fund at any Wells Fargo bank.