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Jan Keller Pinder

Apr 19, 2024

1939 — 2024

Jan Keller Pinder, 84, died Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Legacy Village in Provo, Utah.

Jan was born on August 1, 1939–the privileged and oldest of 3 daughters born to Clarence and Elaine Keller of Ogden, Utah. Jan’s early tomboy life consisted of, riding horses at her Uncle Harold’s farm, driving in her dad’s pickup, or Cadillac, to visit the sheep ranches and shopping trips with her mother to the Bon Marche.

Jan adored her two younger sisters, Sandy (Zundell) and Beth (Miller).

While a Junior at Ben Lomond High School, Jan went on a first date with Wayne Pinder for his high school graduation. 2 days later he left for 6 months military service. Already in love she hated the separation. Jan and Wayne married on July 22, 1959, and she devoted her life to Wayne and their three children.

Continuous school, numerous jobs, and a non-compete clause led to moving their family to Provo in 1967 to start Provo Land Title Company, where Jan managed the payroll and the books.

Wayne and Jan developed many dear friendships, with whom they loved to travel. Always on the go. Jan also spent weekends bundling the kids for skiing at Sundance, where Wayne served on the Ski Patrol. She was either packing or cleaning the boat, camper or Wagoneer for family adventures.

Boating was Jan and Wayne’s ultimate passion. Investment in a small Bell Boy boat launched their adventures at Lake Powell. They camped and cooked on shore, eventually purchasing a houseboat and larger ski boats for hosting family and friends. Jan would always say her happiest days were those at Lake Powell with Wayne.

Jan’s Life changed dramatically when Wayne died unexpectedly on a sailing trip to Tonga in 1997. After spending years looking forward to retirement, Jan found herself navigating life on her own. She spent the next 27 years leading the Pinder family without a companion by her side.

Jan was an avid bridge player, earning Masterpoints and playing weekly at the Elks Lodge. She would accommodate any request from kids or grandkids, but Tuesdays were her bridge days. Despite age and health challenges, Jan played bridge until the last few months of life.

Jan treasured visits from children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in her twilight years. She loved sudoku, bird watching, Good and Plenty candy, family associations, Lay’s potatoes chips, jigsaw puzzles, spider solitaire and sitting on her balcony in the sun. Strong friendships helped Jan through those alone years.

Over the years, there have been endless discussions about Jan’s reunion with Wayne. Because of this, we celebrate the day she was able to join him and so many other loved ones.

Jan cherished her three children–Lori (Russ Conte), Doug (Stacy), Kevin (Tamara); 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2024 at Eastlawn Memorial Hills, 4800 North 650 East, Provo, Utah. The family will receive friends at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. prior to the services at the cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.bergmortuary.com.