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Joseph B. Terry

January 21, 1934 - March 2, 2015

Joe died peacefully in his sleep at home in Ogden on Monday, March 2, 2015.  Joe was born at home in Salt Lake City to Mary Edna Memmott Brenchley and William  Wynford Terry on Sunday, January 21, 1934.  He was the second son and middle child of three.  Joe grew up in Ogden in the home he built with his father on Canyon Road.


After graduating from Ogden High School and attending a year at the University of Utah, Joe enlisted in the Army.  During the Korean War he was stationed in Japan and served in the Army Intelligence until 1955.


Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Utah in 1959.  That same year he moved to Southern California with his first wife, Micaela (Mike) Rae Hollcraft, and began a career in insurance with Allstate (Sears).  After the birth of their first daughter and moving back to Ogden in 1962, he joined his father-in-law’s insurance adjusting business.  His second daughter joined the family in 1966.


In 1972, on the cusp of the 1973 bear market, Joe began a new career with Merrill Lynch where he was a stockbroker until he retired in 1999.  “His integrity was above reproach,” said former partner, Brad Waddoups.  He treated everyone fairly and honestly – not just legally, but ethically.


During these years, Joe also contributed his time and energy to the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce, serving as President of the Board of Governors.  “He was a man of action,” said Larry Crouch, Chamber Membership Director.  “He researched every new program before he made decisions.   He was open and he would listen to you before he made up his mind.  But he always saw what needed to be done in the community.  He was a wonderful man.”


In 2005, Joe married his second wife, Evalyn McBurnie.  Over the years, they hiked in the mountains, traveled and enjoyed their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He also loved fishing the dry fly, hunting pheasant and chukar, listening to jazz, going to the theater, eating cioppino, working in his garden, golfing, reading, and spending time with family and life- long friends.


He is survived by his loving wife, Evalyn, his sister Elayne Terry Woodin (Don), his daughter Kirsten Terry Melton (Mark), his daughter, Jennifer Catherine Thompson (Scott), stepdaughters, Jill Hobbs (Brian) and Heather Rich (Orrian).   Also, surviving are his grandchildren:  Laura Innes Melton, William Alden Melton; step grandchildren:  Nate Hobbs, Jessica Hobbs, Jessica Hubbard Dustin, Jeff Hobbs, Hannah Hobbs, Matisse Ava Rich; great grandchildren; Mason Hobbs, Wyatt Hobbs, Isaac Hobbs, and his dog Sally;  along with many nieces and nephews.


Joe lived a full life that exemplified hard work, loyalty, generosity, and integrity and had a lot of fun in the bargain! Joe will be sorely missed.  His legacy lives on in his family, friends, and all whose lives he touched.  It is said that “Success is when you look back on your life and your memories make you smile.”  Joe left this earth with so much to smile about.  His life was a grand success!


The family would like to thank the loving staff of Legacy Home Care.  In lieu of flowers, Joe would have welcomed donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah.

The Funeral Services will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM.  Family will visit with friends prior to the service from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM at Leavitt’s Mortuary.  Interment immediately following the services.

“I love you more.”

Arrangements under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary.

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Born: January 21, 1934
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amelia jones posted on 3/10/15

I have so many great memories of skiing and hiking with Joe Terry. Al, Tom and I spent at least a week of many summers with Kirsten and Jennifer while Joe and my Dad were off on a hiking/fishing expedition. In the winter the families would Cross Country ski together. Joe was a family friend, my financial advisor and a terrific person. I was unable to attend the mortuary gathering, but would like to tell Kirsten, Jennifer and Evalyn how much I enjoyed Joe and all of you. Joe was fun. He laughed easily and yet could be stern with a bunch of rambunctious kids if he needed to be. -The Jones crew could be a little rowdy and Kirsten and Jennifer were good sports to put up with us. He gave me some very good financial direction and i always enjoyed going to his office for a little advice. I have such great memories of Joe and am thrilled to have known him. I had the great pleasure of seeing him and Evalyn last Fall. He truly had a wonderful spirit.


Karen Lee posted on 3/8/15

Evalyn, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Karen


Sharon Schirack Kerkman posted on 3/7/15

Joe, together, we learned the Merrill Lynch way of doing business. I loved being your assistant, but I loved it more that we were friends, both at work, and outside of the doors. I loved our early morning July 24th breakfast before work at the park. You and Joe "Fonzie" Farnsworth were the funniest. The after work on Friday's at The Sports Page were memorable, too. Not so sure my Mom was too happy the morning of my wedding rehearsal for my wedding to Kevin when you kindly brought me home and dropped me off to my Dad. I had had quite a bachelorette party the night before. I never made it to work that day, and the following day I got married. You were always there with Ted Schmidt long before the doors opened for business, when I would come in and run off our daily mimeograph news from the night before pertaining to events of the day in the stock market world. I fondly remember walking into work and you would be smoking your pipe with that sweet smell. Of course, this was the early days before smoking was prohibited at your desk or inside of the building. Yes Joe, you will be missed. I loved your laughter, and kindness. Thank you for all your years of friendship, that lasted long after I remarried and moved south to Salt Lake City, and transferred to that office in 1988. I miss you already.....may you rest in peace, my dear friend. Love you tons, Sharon


Kit Hunter posted on 3/7/15

Joe was a great friend. I have so many fond memories of him. especially outdoor excursions. Joe was always up for a road trip. We spent many great day's together, fly fishing, skiing, camping and just having a blast in the outdoors, and then celebrating our adventure when the trip was over...................I will miss you my friend