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Karlton E Lund, age 81, was surrounded by loved ones on both sides of the veil when he passed from this world on May 3, 2023.
Karl was born August 6, 1941 to Jewell and Emil Lund of Mt. Pleasant, Utah. He was the oldest of 3 children. Karl’s youth was full of playful mischief. He always had a sharp mind and excelled in his schooling. His athletic and competitive nature led him to have a great love for sports from a young age. He grew into a star athlete at North Sanpete High School where he graduated in 1959. Karl served in the Air Force after graduation and was stationed in Europe.
Karl married Jacklynn Phelps on August 17, 1962. They raised a beautiful family of 5 children together and later divorced. Karl instilled his love for the great outdoors in his young family. No matter what he always had his children out with him while hiking, hunting, fishing and looking for arrowheads.
In 1968 the Lunds moved to Duchesne where Karl worked as an inspector on the construction of the Starvation Reservoir bridge. He fell in love with the people, mountains and lakes of the Uintah Basin and made it his lifelong home. Karl volunteered countless years in his community. He served as President of the Duchesne Sports Boosters Club and helped set the foundation for the sports programs that thrive in Duchesne today. He devoted much of his time to the youth as a baseball, basketball and football coach. His influence and wisdom continue to ripple through to the athletes of today. Karl was a dedicated Scoutmaster where he shared his wealth of knowledge with his scouts through many backpacking trips to the Uinta Mountains. He always had a practical joke up his sleeve and filled his home, neighborhood and job sites with squeals and laughter.
Karl was passionate about his work and dedicated most of his career to UDOT. He also worked for 15 years as the Lab Manager and Inspector at QC Testing. He was a beloved mentor, colleague and a dear friend to many.
Karl married his sweetheart Kathie in 2007. They combined their large families and enjoyed many years together making precious memories. After retirement he became an expert walleye fisherman and spent most mornings out on his boat at one of his secret fishing spots on the lake. Frequently he would have a grandkid or two with him on his boat. He stayed busy supporting his many grandchildren at everything from ball games to birthday parties. Karl stood as a father figure to more than his own. Family was everything to him.
Karl was a pillar of strength, had a heart of gold and was a respectable man of example. Nothing ever slowed him down or stole his vigor for life. He has left a legacy of traditions that his family will carry on including gatherings around the campfire, dutch oven chicken, avid storytelling, strong work ethic, competitive cornhole tournaments and push card games. His powerful presence will be dearly missed.
Karl is survived by his wife, Kathie; his daughters, Kerrie (Brad) Bollman, Margie (Chris) Peatross, and Jenny Fabrizio; daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Lund; son-in-law, Crayton Valentine; stepson, Mart (Emily) Lefler; stepdaughters, Brenda Lefler and Pamela (Robbie) Worden; 25 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; and brother Paul (Charlene) Lund.
He was preceded in death by his father, Emil Lund; mother, Jewell Scow Lund; sister, Karen Jacobson; daughter, Shelly Valentine; son, Tyler Lund; son-in-law Michael Carter; and infant great-grandson, Trey Sanchez.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2021 at 12:00 noon at the Duchesne Stake Center. A viewing will be held that morning from 10:00 to 11:45.
Burial in the Duchesne City Cemetery.