Former Soldotna resident Darrel (Monte) Casper died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Mesquite, Nev. He was 68.
Mr. Casper was born July 2, 1942, to Darrel and Leola Casper, of Salt Lake City. He married his wife, Karrin, on Sept. 11, 1962, at Lodan LDS Temple. He was employed by Litton Industries, in Salt Lake City.
His family said: "His greatest love was his family. His sons and grandchildren were a very important part of his life and this led him to many sporting events and recitals. Monte absolutely loved children; he coached little league football and baseball throughout his children's early years and the friends he made were his for life.
"Monte loved the outdoors. He was often out in the wilderness with his family and friends camping, fishing and hunting. The pinnacle of his time outdoors was the day he caught a 70-pound King Salmon on the Kenai River -- it made for one his best stories.
"Another of Monte's passions was travelling, especially taking cruises. His travels have taken him across the globe where he and Karrin made many new friends along the way; many acquaintances from their travels have become lifelong friends. When at home he loved to cook and entertain inviting family, friends and neighbors to share a meal and lively conversation.
"He was kind, generous and the most loving man with charity for everyone around him. His sense of humor was one of his greatest assets and made him loved by all who met him.
"The family would like to thank those who have expressed their love and condolences at this time of sorrow; it has been a great reminder of the man we have lost, but also the spirit which will endure throughout all our lives. He will be dearly missed by his many friends and family."
Mr. Casper was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Karrin; sons, Tadd (Holly), Randy (Lenette) and Mark (Maureen); brother Michael (Deanne); sister Cheryl; and grandchildren Olivia, Eric, Brady, Jackson, Rebekah and Jacob.
A funeral is scheduled for March 26, 2011, at noon at the Westbrook 2nd Ward, 6500 S Dixie Dr., West Jordan, Utah. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service.
Condolences may be addressed to: 6626 S. Scarsborough Lane, West Jordan, Utah, 84088.
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