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Jeffrey Rahter

September 16, 1968 — May 27, 2020

Jeffrey Rahter

Jeffrey William Rahter, a.k.a. “Bill”, “Duff", “Puff”, “J.W.”, “Jeff”, and “Mr. Rahter”, 51, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, May 27, 2020.

He was born September 16, 1968, to his parents, Lt. William R. (Bill) Rahter and Beatrice Gerken (Bea) Rahter, at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana.

The son of a career military officer, he attended many schools while growing up, from Sacramento, CA, to Belleville, IL, to Burke Center, VA (a suburb of Washington, D.C.), to Guam, and back to Sacramento, before starting college in CA and then graduating from Weber State University in Ogden, UT. After marrying Charisse Read in 1995, beginning his career in youth counseling, and becoming the father of his first child, he earned a master’s degree with honors in counseling from Phoenix University.

Bill related to and thoroughly enjoyed working with youth, first at the Millcreek Juvenile Detention Facility in Ogden, UT, then many years as a counselor in the Davis County School System. He was selected to serve on the Utah Gang Task Force to work with the youth and State agencies to have better communication and understanding. He was also a member of the Crisis Action Team that responded to emergency situations involving the youth of the area. He was respected and appreciated by the students and parents for his caring and assistance in the lives of so many young people and their families. Health issues cut his career short and he has been unable to work for the last several years. These issues ultimately took his life.

In addition to his responsibilities with the schools, for many years, he worked security details around the area for his own company and other organizations.

Bill enjoyed many sports. He played soccer in elementary schools, football in High School on Guam, rugby in college, played golf as often as he could, and was the wrestling coach at North Layton Junior High School. He was a great fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers football teams, and the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. His motorcycle was his prized possession.

Bill is survived by his children that he dearly loved and was so proud of Alyssa Kalin (22), William Ashton (19), Hannah Kristi (15), and Bryce Richard (12), and his estranged wife, Charisse. Also, his parents of St. Petersburg, FL, and his brother Robert (Elizabeth) Rahter and their family: Madeline, Colton, Nathan, and Ashton, of Windermere, FL, and his aunts and uncles in FL and GA.

A Celebration of Life Open House will be held at the Waterfall Atrium at Leavitt’s Mortuary at 836 36th Street, Ogden, UT, on Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Friends and family are invited to greet the family during this time. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be sent to a “GoFundMe” account” Donations for the family of J.W. Rahter” for the family's expenses.


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