Aug. 18, 1943 – April 6, 2014
Tex Francis Gifford, 70, died April 6, 2014, in American Fork, Utah. He was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Olympia, Wash., to Oscar Dewayne and Opal Louise Swayne Gifford.
He married Leta Ree Emmett on Feb. 2, 1962, in Sugar City, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple on August 24, 1962.
He is survived by his wife, Leta; children Dana (David) Walling, Daniel (Dana) Gifford, Paul (Anne) Gifford, Jay (Jess) Gifford, Dianne Gifford and James (Lisa) Gifford and a foster daughter, Myrna Kootenay’ David; siblings Janae (James) Kepple, Lee (Glory) Gifford, Wayne (Yoli) Gifford, Tom (Vera) Gifford, Lyman (DeEtte) Gifford, Randy (Michelle) Gifford and Teresa (John) Jeys; 25 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Alice Louise.
The family would like to thank their parents for opening their house and helping raise Jeffrey Bryan, Jessica Campbell and Daniel (Danny) Gifford.
Tex’s passion was being a professional grounds maintenance owner for more than 40 years. He owned Giffords the Gardeners in Olympia, Wash., and Your Gardening Angels in American Fork, Utah. Toward retirement he enjoyed driving school bus for the Alpine School District.
He held many church callings to include executive ward secretary, Elders Quorum president, High Priest group leader and many others.
Tex and his sweetheart Leta were able to serve a mission to the Ohio Cleveland Mission, where they were able to host at the Kirtland Visitors Center and the Johnson Farm, which helped him fulfill his lifelong dream of serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the American Fork Stake Center, 240 South Center. A viewing was held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson and Sons Mortuary in American Fork and Thursday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in the Lovell Cemetery.