About a week before he died, Jill and I had been praying for the comfort of my friend, Jeff Anderson, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer about a month ago.
He wasn’t feeling well and his back was bothering him. Also, Jeff was excessively tired so he went to the doctor for some relief.
After numerous tests, the doctor informed Jeff he had about a month to live because a very aggressive type of cancer had spread throughout his body.
About two weeks before Jeff left us, Marlene–Jeff’s wife–stopped by on a Sunday afternoon to visit us and let us know about his situation.
We went over to the hospice to visit him that evening. He was “out of it” and so we just sat there for about a half-hour while I reminisced with Jill about the times I shared with Jeff and my memories of him throughout the years I had known him. We went back to visit about a week later, but he had passed.
Jeff was a good friend. Although I hadn’t visited with him in quite awhile, I thought of him often and wondered how he was “getting along” in life. We had worked together for a number of years, some of which included traveling around the country in our various business pursuits.
I have a number of fond memories and experiences I shared with Jeff over the years. He was an interesting and entertaining person to be around. He loved cars, trucks, NASCAR, and anything that was fast. We talked quite frequently on the phone about the state of the country, the economy, and the humorous life situations that we encountered in our travels.
Jeff’s funeral services went well and I met some old friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time. Jill and I traveled to Levan for the graveside services which went off without a “hitch” except for a light rain. Levan is a small farming community located south of Spanish Fork about forty minutes away traveling by car.
I will miss Jeff and the fun times we spent together. I hate how “life” interferes with relationships. The inevitability of change and the demands of life invariably draws us away from spending the time that we would like to with our friends and loved ones. However, that is how “it” inevitably plays out as I am experiencing more and more during the aging process!
In Memoriam Jeff Anderson
Included below are Jeff’s Funeral Services program and Obituary:
Jeffery Lee Anderson, 63, of Spanish Fork, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015. He was born in Payson, Utah, on July 23, 1951, to James Lee and Janette Roach Anderson. He spent his childhood in Payson and graduated Payson High School in 1969.
He was passionate about anything fast with a motor. He was a big Ford fan; he enjoyed NASCAR. He competed in dirt track racing, liked boating, and loved his dogs.
Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Marlene; a son-in-law, Kelly; granddaughter, Dhannylle; and grandson, David James; sisters-in-law, Shauna (Tom), Sharlene, and Lynn. Also survived by his two canine buddies, Edsel Wiley Ford and Maggie Mae. He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved daughter, Amber; and his dogs Holley and Naudia.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at the Spanish Fork 14th Ward Chapel, 1750 East 750 South, Spanish Fork. Family and friends may visit at the church that day from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be at the Levan City Cemetery, Levan, Utah.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com
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