Myron Charles Philpot
4/28/1927 ~ 4/6/2017
Myron was born in Salt Lake City to John Valentine Petteys Philpot and Agnes Elnora Wahlin. Myron had a great time growing up in Magna, UT. He was the youngest of six children. His older siblings were Florence, Alice, Ed, Dorothy and Bob – all very talented in their own special ways, each serving as great role models for their red headed freckle faced baby brother. Myron had fond memories of his parents, brothers and sisters and spoke of them on a regular basis.
Myron graduated from Cyprus High School where he was All-State end on the 1944 State B Championship Football Team. After graduation Myron enlisted in the Navy following his brother Bob and served until WWII ended and received an honorable discharge. He returned home and decided to play football at BYU. After a short time he transferred to the University of Utah where he made the football team and continued his education.
He always wanted to be a pilot, and while studying at the U, the Korean War began. Myron joined the Air Force. Following his Air Force service Myron continued his education at the University of Utah while working at the ASARCO Smelter in Garfield, UT. Myron also started a second job working at Vitro Chemical in the lab running mill control tests.
This was about the time that Myron met the love of his life on a blind date, Patricia Sue Rasmussen who was finishing up her nurses training at Holy Cross Hospital. They soon married and spent over 64 years together enjoying each other’s company and raising a family of six children to whom they truly devoted their lives. It is difficult to express the love and gratitude all six children feel for their parents growing up together as a family in Magna. From oldest to youngest they are Susan Burdick (Dwight), Randy Philpot (Cathy), Kathy Philpot Dobson (John), Marianne Philpot Newland (John), Patty Stewart (Tim), Carolyn Hoffman (Chris). Myron is survived by his loving wife who deeply misses him, six children, 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren (one on the way).
Among his many talents Myron was a master builder, something he inherited from his father. He built the two homes in Magna where he and Pat raised their family. He also had a very analytical mind and had a great interest for geology and metallurgy. He retired from ATK Launch Systems, formerly Hercules Aerospace after a 30 year career working in the Chem. Lab.
Myron had a great love for the out of doors and shared this love with his family. He spent a summer working for the forest service in the Uintas while in high school. He subsequently took his children on numerous camping, hiking and fishing trips in the Uintas which they still enjoy doing to this day. Myron also participated in family river trips where he took the responsibility of rowing a raft through Westwater Canyon, the San Juan, Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Snake in Wyoming to name a few. Some of these trips although sometimes challenging, were memorable experiences for the family.
Myron had a strong belief in God which he inherited from his mother who was devoted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He used his free agency to set a good example for his family and was always there providing support and a strong spirit when needed.
Instead of a funeral, an Open House honoring 90 years of life and 65 years of marriage to Pat was held. Family and friends were invited to come and express their joy in knowing Myron, Pat and their family at the Magna Senior Center, Magna, UT on April 29th between 11 am & 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that you make a contribution to a charity of your choice.
Patricia Sue Philpot
6/26/1931 ~ 9/5/2022
Patricia Sue Philpot was born June 26, 1931 to Clarence Herbert Rasmussen and Pearl Eveline Mickelsen in Salt Lake City, UT. The oldest of three children, Pat was preceded in death by the second to the oldest, her sister Joanne, and survived by her brother Rodney, the youngest. As a sophomore in high school, Pat, along with her family, moved to Copperton where her father worked for Kennecott as a railroad electrician. Although Pat was initially displeased with moving from Salt Lake City to the small town of Copperton, she proceeded to develop lifelong friendships with her classmates. Referring to themselves as “The Gang”, this group of Bingham High School graduates stayed in close contact for the remainder of their lives, Pat being the last “Gang” member to pass away.
Fall of 1949, Pat commenced nursing training at Holy Cross Hospital. Her children remember Pat sharing many stories about the trials and joys related to this period of her life. The vocation of nursing suited Pat’s talents and personality well as she eventually worked as a Registered Nurse, serving the community of Magna and her own family in this capacity.
During Pat’s nursing training, in June of 1951, Pat met her future husband, Myron Charles Philpot, on a blind date. A year later, Pat and Myron married on August 22, 1952. Their marriage endured for nearly 65 years, until the day Myron passed away at their home in Magna on April 6, 2017 at the age of 89.
Pat and Myron naturally chose Magna, Utah as their home because of Myron’s ties to the community. Myron was raised in Magna, graduated from Cyprus High School and his parents also made Magna their home. Together, Pat and Myron raised six children; Susan Burdick (Dwight), Randall Philpot (Catherine), Kathryn Philpot (John Dobson), Marianne Philpot (John Newland), Patty Stewart and Carolyn Hoffman (Christopher). Pat is survived by her six children, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Pat was an amazing cook, perhaps something she learned from her mother. She would get up early to prepare warm breakfasts for the family throughout the week and lunches for Myron to take to work and for the kids to take to school. She also planned and prepared homecooked meals at dinnertime most every day of the week. It was a rare occasion when the family would eat out for dinner due in part to the extra cost involved. When all six kids were living at home, money was usually tight. Both Pat and Myron were quite frugal while still providing nice things and opportunities for the family. They rarely spent money on themselves.
Pat’s positive disposition and inner strength radiated to those with whom she interacted. Line dancing and fitness classes at the Magna Senior Center were an important part of Pat’s senior years in Magna. Faced with the challenges of dementia in her final years of life, Pat demonstrated remarkable adaptability, stating her commitment to go with the flow of life despite obstacles life presents.
Pat’s children are grateful for the loving care provided to Pat by the team members of Sunrise Senior Living in Holladay, Pat’s home for the past two and a half years.
The family invite all who knew and loved Pat to an open house at the Magna Senior Center (9228 West 2700 South, Magna, Utah), Friday October 14, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the Fairview City Cemetery.
The recording will be available for 60 days from from 10/15/2022