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Henry Anthony Paxton

Henry Anthony Paxton, age 94, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at his home in Salt Lake City, UT surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on December 17, 1925 in Kanosh, UT to Forrest Turner Paxton and Norma Whatcott Paxton. He married Colleen Adams on August 2, 1945 in Kanosh.

He graduated from Millard High School and served in the Navy in WWII. While living in Kanosh he worked as a farmer, rancher, and equipment operator for the BLM. He moved his young family to Salt Lake City, where he and Colleen settled in and made a permanent home. While there Henry worked in a silver mine, as a bull hide shaker, a laborer at Hygeia Ice, a bus driver and then found his groove as a long haul truck driver. He retired from driving after many years and miles on the road.

He loved camping, hunting, fishing, playing the game of “Washers” and making people laugh.

He was never able to get his strength back after heart surgery in 2008 but the best, most powerful blessing he ever had was his wife Colleen who sacrificed much to care for and comfort him.

He is survived by his wife Colleen, daughter Charlene (Sam – deceased) Wilkinson of Salt Lake City, UT, son Gail (Lois) Paxton of Spanish Fork, UT, 10 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, and 12 great-great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at the Olpin Stevens Funeral Home (55 W 200 S, Fillmore, UT) from 11:00am to 11:30am on Saturday, April 11. A private graveside service for family members will be in the Kanosh Cemetery that same day at 12:30pm.

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As a teenager I loved going to your house. I think of all of you often. Didn't see this post until tonight. Hope to see you in May. My prayer are with you during this special time. Pamella Harding Brunson

Pamella Harding Brunson Apr 11 2020 12:00 AM

Grandpa you will be missed! I did not have a grandpa growing up and I am so fortunate to marry into your family and to finally have a grandfather and for my babies (grown now) to have a great-grandpa. I cherish our memories of tense, competitive games playing Kanasta and washers with you. I felt so 'special' that you went with me to your first NBA Jazz game...what a date! Thank you for the backyard bar-b-ques, the boxing matches, always having a quick come-back line and always making everyone smile. Thank you for welcoming me into your family, always making me feel at home and for your generosity and great hugs. I will help look after Grandma for you.....so, until we meet again.... you will be forever in my heart. mw

M Wilkinson Apr 8 2020 12:00 AM

Our Dearest Aunt Colleen we were so saddened to hear of Uncle Henrys passing; he knew how to keep us smiling and laughing! Sending You Our Deepest Sympathy Thoughts and Prayers.
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Wendy.Edwards82@gmail.com Apr 7 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Aunt Colleen - Gail - Sharlene and families. We are going to miss him deeply. Uncle Henry was always Sooo COOL. He always had a smile on his face and in his heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to you
May God be with you today and always. Love you - The Ekker family.
Al & Nel
Shawn & Mi
Jamie & Scott

Janell Ekker Apr 7 2020 12:00 AM