Jul. 29, 2011 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA
J Malan Heslop died July 29, 2011.
He was born June 18, 1923 at Taylor, Weber County, Utah to Jesse and Zella Malan Heslop. He grew up on the family farm in West Weber, graduated from Weber High School in 1941.
His interest was photography. While at L.A. City college, J enlisted as an Army Combat Photographer and served in Europe during World War II. J met Fae Stokes at Weber College in 1941, and they were married on May 1, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Discharged from the Army in November 1945, J enrolled in Utah State Agricultural College (now USU). He established a photo studio and worked as a free-lance photographer. Upon graduation in 1948, J joined the photography staff at the Deseret News.
J and Fae are the parents of five children, Paul, Lyn, Scott, Ann, and Don. J and Fae served in the LDS Salt Lake Twenty-Sixth Ward, where J became bishop, and later served in the Pioneer Stake presidency. In 1964, they built a home in Ensign Downs.
J served on the YMMIA general board and in 1967 became president of Salt Lake Stake. Other callings included Regional Representative, Mission President, Stake Patriarch, and various ward and stake callings. He was devoted to the Church.
J headed the photo department at the Deseret News until 1968 when he became editor of the Church News with emphasis on world-wide coverage. He became managing editor at the Deseret News in 1976 and retired in 1988. He and Dell Van Orden co-authored more than a dozen books and plays.
He was a leader in establishing the Ensign Peak Nature Park and has enjoyed his family, travel, and life with his wife, Fae. She died March 21, 2009.
Survived by five children Paul (Peggy), Lyn Lynch (Jerry), Scott (Becky), Ann Coleman (Dean), Don (Lydia), and nineteen grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and granddaughter, Jennifer Lyn Osmond.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary (260 East South Temple Street). Funeral Services will be in the Ensign Peak Ward Chapel (125 East North Sandrun Road) on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., with a viewing from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Interment: Salt Lake City Cemetery. Published in the Deseret News from August 2 to August 3, 2011.