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Derrell T Esplin

Birth date
14 April 1928
Death date
23 April 2023
Memorial Ceremony Date
Apr. 29,
Cause of Death
Religion and Beliefs
Latter-day Saint
Primary School
Memorial Message
Gone but never forgotten
Rest in peace
Thinking of you always
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Derrell T Esplin was born on April 14, 1928 to his two loving parents, Thomas Cox Esplin and Anne Turcsanski. Derrell was the third of four children. He was born in Kanab but grew up primarily in Monroe, Utah. When he was young, Derrell loved to hunt and fish. Derrell loved his family dearly and especially his mother. He also loved to travel and spent some time working in Alaska when he was young. Derrell met his wife, Byrdie Josephine Roundy Esplin, when she was working as a waitress at a cafe in Richfield, Utah. They fell in love and married in 1935 in Las Vegas. They were subsequently sealed for time and eternity in March 1964 in the St. George Temple. He was a devoted husband. Derrell and Birdie were married for 68 years, and Derrell tenderly cared for Birdie almost until the day she died. They had 4 children: Mark, Gary, Terezza and Chad. Derrell was a loving father and, following the good example of his father, he taught his children well.

Derrell was also a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints. He served in various Church callings and was ordained a member of the Seventy in 1978. Derrell loved the gospel and especially loved being involved in scouting and home teaching. Birdie used to say that he was the best home teacher in the neighborhood. He spent many of his later years visiting the widows in his neighborhood and giving them the sacrament.

Derrell loved his country and served in the United States Air Force as a mechanic and electrician. He was part of the team that helped with the Berlin airlift after World War II and often spoke of his memories of helping the people of Germany at that difficult time in history. During his time in the military, Derrell also worked at the famous Area 51 and also the atomic bomb test site. He also worked on Beloved Husband, Father, and Friend, the electrical components of the original Black Hawk fighter jet. After retiring from the military, Derrell worked as a licensed electrician and was highly respected and knowledgeable. He was also a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Derrell was loving, kind, courteous, considerate, caring and loyal. If you were lucky enough to have him as a friend, you had a friend for life. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was also determined, tenacious and resilient. He passed away on April 23, 2023 of natural causes just after his 95th birthday. Derrell was preceded in death by his mother, his father, his siblings and his son Gary. He is survived by his beloved wife Birdie, his children Mark, Terezza, Chad (Nicole) and his wife’s brothers and sisters.

May God be with you until we meet again, friend. You are loved and missed!

Services will be held at the LDS Granger North Stake Center at 3175 South 3450 West in West Valley City, Utah. A visitation will be held from 11:30 to 12:50 p.m. m., followed by funeral services at 1:00 p.m. m. For those unable to attend, services will be streamed via Zoom. Visit Derrell’s obituary page at Dignity Memorial for more information and to share memories.

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