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Jonathan Chapman Lund

May 8, 1950 ~ May 21, 2018 (age 68)

Jon Lund passed away peacefully at home in Mapleton, Utah, Monday May 21, 2018.  He had been under the care of hospice for heart failure due to rejection of his heart transplant.  His family is grateful to his own Dr. Curzon, and also to the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Transplant team for the extra 7 years of life due to their exceptional care.

Jon was born May 8, 1950 to Maxfield and Mary Ruth Lund in Nyack, New York, where he grew up. While attending BYU studying computer science, he met and married his sweetheart Virginia (Ginny) Decker Lund, of Saranac Lake, New York.  They married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 16, 1974.  

After attending BYU, he and his family moved to Elkton, MD where he began his career as a computer programmer.  After several years they joined a family business in Saranac Lake in upstate New York.  There, Jon and his family loved hiking the Adirondack Mountains and navigating the waters of the Saranac River.  A new position took Jon and his family to Richfield Springs, NY where they lived for many years. He and his wife made a final move to the Provo area, where Jon subsequently received a heart pump and then a heart transplant.

Jon was known as a gentle and kind man who led a life of service. Important to him was achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  He treasured his experience as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Lima Peru Mission.  Jon enjoyed helping others by teaching and serving in leadership positions within his church.  He especially loved helping the elderly, driving them great distances to attend activities with their friends. Later in life, as his health declined, he continued to reach out to others.  He was often seen in the neighborhood carrying a pan of his famous lasagna to a new family or neighbor. 

Jon liked working on family history, submitting about 8,000 of his wife’s family names for temple work.  Jon also loved indexing. His goal was to enter one million names: he completed almost 900,000.  He looked forward to meeting those whose work he had done.

 Jon is preceded in death by his parents, Maxfield Fredricksen Lund and Mary Ruth Chapman, and mother-in-law Elizabeth Gass Decker. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Beth Decker and his children, Matthew Decker (Laura Lee), Elizabeth Decker (Layne Pedersen), Christy Decker (Charles Thompson), Eric Decker (Amelia Ganske). Surviving in-laws include his father-in-law, William Decker and wife, Bonnie Decker. Surviving brothers and sisters include Kit Lund (Nancy), Nick Lund (Kathy), Tim Lund (Ann) and Jennifer Lund Boice (Brian). Surviving grandchildren include Quinn, Adalyn, Leah, Eva, Clara, Anders, Cody, Landon (Jonathan), Lily and Luna.

A funeral service in memory of Jon will be held Thursday, May 24, at 11 am, at the LDS church, 1215 North 1000 West Mapleton, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45, at the same location. A grave-side dedication will be held following the funeral service at the Evergreen Cemetery. All are welcome. Condolences may be sent at www.wheelermortuaries.com.

 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to “Cardiovascular Transplant/Research” in memory of Jonathan Lund through Intermountain Research & Medical Foundation, 5171 South Cottonwood Street, Murray, UT 84157, 801.507.2040, or visit imedicalfoundation.org

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