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 Theo Emery McKean

Theo Emery McKean

Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA
Death 17 Jan 2016 (aged 88)
Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 157253534 · View Source
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Theo Emery McKean, age 88, passed away January 17, 2016 in St. George Utah. He was born May 3, 1927 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah to Theodorus Emery and Iva Shepherd McKean. He was raised on a farm in Birdseye, Utah. He attended public schools in Spanish Fork, Utah and later attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he earned undergrad and graduate degrees. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served an LDS mission in the Central Atlantic States. He married Leslie Lucille Martin on August 22, 1950 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Theo and Leslie raised four sons: Paul Shepherd McKean (Cerelina), Joseph Martin McKean (Angela), Matthew Emery McKean (Julie) and David Theo McKean (Leah). Grandchildren include: Jesse McKean, Shaun McKean, Kelly McKean, Kade McKean, Jasmine McKean Neider, JT McKean, Jenna McKean, and Coltt McKean. Great-grandchildren include Michael McKean, Jesse McKean and Celeste McKean.

Theo worked as a professional instructor for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a gifted teacher who influenced his students by the example he set inside and outside the classroom. He taught teenagers and young adults in seminary and institute classes for many years and later worked in various positions at LDS church education headquarters in Salt Lake City.

Theo loved God, his wife, family, extended family and countless friends. He had a genuine love and respect for everybody and treated all people with love and kindness. He was a man of unwavering principles and strong work ethic. He always found a way to help others in need. All who knew him will miss him greatly.

Theo is survived by his wife, four children and their spouses, 6 of his grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and one sister, Maxine McKean Anderson (Gary Anderson-deceased).

He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and their spouses: Erma McKean Jones (Paul), Bonnie McKean Humphrey (Gordon), Afton McKean Brotherson (Tom), Velma McKean Davis (Laurence), Beth McKean Mikkelson (Leon), Lois McKean Davis (Raymond) and two grandchildren- Kelly McKean and JT McKean.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. George East Stake Center, 449 S. 300 E., St. George, UT. There will be a viewing Friday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff, St. George and also prior to services on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Stake Center. Interment will take place in the Tonaquint Cemetery.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign Theo’s guestbook at

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  • Created by: Ross Woolsey
  • Added: 19 Jan 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 157253534
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Theo Emery McKean (3 May 1927–17 Jan 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 157253534, citing Tonaquint Cemetery, Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Ross Woolsey (contributor 46894751) .