Therald C Beckstrand


Therald C Beckstrand, 88, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Orem, Utah. Therald was born at home in Meadow, Utah on February 26, 1931 to Joseph Clifton and Laura Swallow Beckstrand. He attended elementary school in Meadow and secondary school at Millard High School in Fillmore, Utah.

After graduating high school one year early, Therald attended BYU for two years, prior to serving a church mission in Hawaii. Following his mission, he married Joan Hardman in the Salt Lake Temple on January 28, 1953. One week after their wedding, Therald reported for duty in the Air Force, where he served in ground radio communications in the Korean Conflict.

Therald earned a B.A. and M.A. degree from BYU. He taught in the Church Education System for 33 years. Following Joan’s death in 1997, Therald married Verla Sneddon on June 27, 1998.

Therald loved his Heavenly Father and Savior. He faithfully served in many church callings, including the Bishopric, Stake High Counsel, and Branch Presidency. He also served a mission with his wife, Verla, in Kentucky.

Nothing held more importance to Therald than his testimony and his family. In his final weeks, his singular expressions were of love and gratitude for his family, friends, and Heavenly Father.

Therald is survived by his wife, Verla, sons, Kennan T., Mark Todd (Shelley), Neal Jay (Kristi), and daughter, Pam Beckstrand; eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren; Verla’s children: Paula (Jerry) Allred, Lori (Dennis) Stinger, Scott (Patty) Sneddon, Chad (Tamara) Sneddon, Russell (Daresa) Sneddon, 17 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Therald was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, his wife, Joan, and their son, James Clifton (Jay).

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Hillcrest 4th Ward building, 440 E. 800 S., Orem. Viewings will be June 14 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State Street, Orem, and at the church from 9:30-10:30 AM, prior to funeral services. Internment at the Meadow City Cemetery, 3:00 PM, Meadow, Utah.

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