Sidney Joe McPhie
Our most beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, Uncle and Friend Sidney Joe McPhie passed away from a massive heart attack and returned home Dec. 22, 2006 to spend Christmas with his loved ones on the other side.
Joe was born April 9, 1933 to Leslie and Marvel Maud Epperson McPhie in Heber City, Utah. He married Gaye Turnbow May 22, 1954, in Heber City. Their marriage was later solemnized March 18, 1975 in the Provo LDS Temple. Joe was a member of the LDS church serving in many capacities over his lifetime, including Heber East Stake High Councilman. He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corp in Korea 1952-1954. Joe was a person of incredible skills and unmatched work ethic. Joe was employed by United Park City Mining Company for more than 48 years beginning in 1952. He received intense training and experience in all aspects of underground supervision first as a shift boss, personnel manager, safety director, mine foreman and then as superintendent.
Over the years he worked for Park City Ventures, the Anaconda Mining Company and the Noranda Company of Ontario, Canada and then back for United Park to end his career in 2002. He also worked as an OSHA industrial mine inspector for the state of Utah. He provided custom farm work for over 40 years in Heber Valley and cut and sold Christmas trees for over 40 years at his home. Joe was active in civic and community affairs, and was elected to the Heber City Council. Joe was a 30-year member of the Heber Valley Volunteer Fire Department and was currently serving on the Lake Creek Irrigation Board. He served as a director on the Junior Chamber of Commerce board and he was honored by the Soil Conservation District for Land Improvement as their honoree of the year. Joe was a merit badge councilor in scouting, coach for little league baseball, and junior league basketball. He was a graduate of Utah Technical College-Provo and he was a member of the Heber Valley Riding Club, winning several state awards.
Joe was a good man who was loved and admired by everyone who knew him. He accomplished so much in his lifetime as he unselfishly served his fellow men and his family. His family will cherish every memory of him. He made their lives rich and full while he taught them to be selfless, hardworking and compassionate human beings. He was proud of and deeply loved each member of his family. All of his service was accomplished with dedication and humility. He never thought of himself as unique or special but to the people he served and to his family he was an incredible example of love and sacrifice. He loved the great outdoors, enjoying God’s creations whether it was by riding, hunting, fishing or camping with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife and six children who love and adore him: Leslie and Steve Corless of Provo; Tim and Debbie McPhie, Julie and Brent Titcomb, Scott and Aimee McPhie, Greg and Chelsea McPhie, and Janet and Jason Jepperson, all of Heber; 20 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; brothers: Bob and Charles both of Heber; and Richard of Ogden; three special aunts: Reva, Evelyn and Edra. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandsons, Tyrel McPhie and Kelly Corless; niece Wendy McPhie.
Merry Christmas in Heaven, Daddy! We Forever Love You!
Funeral services will be held on Thursday Dec. 28, 2006, at noon in the Heber Sixth Ward Chapel, 365 East 500 North. Visitations will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday morning 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., prior to services both at the church. Burial will follow in the Heber City Cemetery with military honors in care of the Olpin-Hoopes Funeral Home.
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