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Aaron Everett Simpson

March 16, 1971  ~  February 26, 2014

Aaron Everett Simpson, devoted son, husband, and father, passed away February 26, 2014 in Murray, Utah.

He was born March 16, 1971, in Portland, Oregon, the eldest son of D.E. and Cherie Simpson.

His family moved to Salt Lake City while he was still very young. Aaron graduated from Olympus High School and was awarded a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah, where he was awarded the Blanche Scowcroft Scholarship for leadership in Social Work.

He was an avid sports fan and especially loved Ute football, often inviting one of his children to be his cheering buddy at a game. He was a “Utah Man” through and through.

Aaron married his eternal sweetheart, Heather Simpson on July 2, 1992, in the beautiful Grand Teton Valley of Wyoming, a place where they loved to revisit. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Jordan River LDS Temple. He and Heather were best friends, enjoying so many activities together. They made it a priority that each year’s wedding anniversary was spent together in a special trip or activity for just the two of them. Last spring they celebrated Aaron’s completion of his Master’s Degree with a trip to Cabo San Lucas.

Aaron loved the out-of-doors. He and his family spent many wonderful vacations camping, hiking, boating, and running the rivers with extended family. One of his treasured experiences was a trip he made to Mongolia while working on his Masters Degree with a group from the university to study social issues in that country. Aaron was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was serving young children in the Primary organization of the ward.

Aaron’s family was his pride and joy. He is the father of Connor, 14, Abbie, 12, Maya, 9, and his little Bailey Erin, 4. He always supported them in seeing to it that they were able to pursue activities important to them. He was always the proud father who made it his priority to attend their activities and performances. He was so pleased with their many accomplishments. He loved having fun with the family. His kids considered him the best popcorn maker in the world. He had a joyful personality, he was humorous, witty, loving, and caring of others.

At the time of his death, Aaron was employed as the Shelter Director and Mental Health Therapist at South Valley Sanctuary in Taylorsville, Utah.

Aaron is survived by his wife, Heather, his parents, his four children, two brothers, Matthew (Nancy), Puyallup, Washington; and Zachary (Safiya), Salt Lake City; Heather’s parents and siblings, and many nieces and nephews who love him.

Funeral Services will be conducted by Murray Memorial Mortuary, and held at 12:00 noon on Monday, March 3, at the Riverside LDS ward chapel in at 5252 South Glendon Street (700 West) in Murray.

A viewing will be held two hours prior to the services at the same location.

A fund has been set up for Heather and her children at Mountain America Credit Union in the name of The Heather Simpson Donation Account, https://www.macu.com/ Salt Lake City: 801-325-6228 or Toll-free: 1-800-748-4302.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the family can be made to this fund.

Murray Memorial Mortuary

March 14, 2014, 8:23 pm-

Aaron was such a kind person, helping so many people through his work and through his church. I was lucky to have worked with him, and my heart goes out to family.- Krista

- Krista

March 8, 2014, 3:33 pm-

Aaron it was an amazing person, he will be always in my heart. God bless you to you, and your children.

- Merari Lopez

March 5, 2014, 8:57 pm-

Heather,

You and I were coworkers for a time and though I've since left iC, I have many friends and relatives still employed there. I was overwhelmed to hear of the tremendous showing of support and outpouring of love toward you and your family at Aaron's funeral. You are truly a beloved individual, and it is my hope and prayer that you were and will continue to be encouraged and supported during this overwhelming and difficult time. I am truly sorry for the tragedy that has befallen you and your family, and my family and I will remember you in our thoughts and prayers. Rely on your loved ones and your belief in the Lord; I hope this becomes an opportunity to grow stronger in your faith and closer to Him. God bless you all.

Warmest regards,

- S. DeBusk & Family

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