Joshua "Josh" David Jeppsen, 40, of Chugiak, Alaska, passed unexpectedly on Monday, July 22, 2013.
Josh had a zest for life and loved everything outdoors. His favorite activities were hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, and having adventures with his friends and family. He loved birds and at one time worked at the bird show at Utah's Hogle Zoo, adopted feathered friends with his wife Krista, and worked with parrot rescue groups fostering parrots to find them homes. He also had a love of dogs and had many faithful companions over the years like Duke and Bubba, and currently had two yellow labs; Riggins (The Rigatoni) and Tater (aka Nightmare), Noodle, a Moluccan Cockatoo, Jimmy a Quaker Parrot, and Lucky, the cat. Josh's favorite places in the world were Lefthand Fork, Hyrum, UT; Harold Crane Waterfowl Management Area; Willard Bay Reservoir, Ogden, UT; Garibaldi, Oregon Coast; Hebgen Lake, MT; Ship Creek, AK; Kenai, AK; Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii; and his home in Chugiak, AK.
Josh was born on June 9, 1973 in SLC, Utah. He graduated from Box Elder High School, Brigham City, Utah and from Weber State University with a major in Psychology. Josh and Krista moved from Ogden, UT to Alaska in July 2007. They found the perfect home and were surrounded by loving neighbors and made many lifelong friends over the last 6 years. Josh and Krista were married in Hawaii on Waimanalo Beach, December 26, 2008. Josh was employed by Schnitzer Steel Industries at the time of his death.
Josh is survived by his wife and best friend, Krista Jeppsen (nee Dahl) of Chugiak, Alaska; his father, Dennis Jeppsen (Julie) of Brigham City, Utah; sister, Cody Case (Jarrod) of Layton; brother, Caleb Jeppsen (Heather) of Willard, Utah; sister, Toshina Steadman of Driggs, Idaho; brother Keenan Ryan (Missy) of River Heights, Utah; Brock Harris of Driggs, Idaho; grandmother Irene Jeppsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; and mother Marlene Harris of Driggs, Idaho.
Everyone will miss Josh's humor and love of life. He had the unique ability to connect instantly with others, make people laugh and put them at ease. Josh had a big heart and was always willing to help a friend and live with integrity. If there was a saying that could encompass his motto it would be from his much quoted movie "Be excellent to each other"!
A service will be held on Thursday August 1st at John Adams Park, Brigham City, Utah (500 E 100 N) at Noon, Friends and Family may call prior to the service at 10:30 a.m. Celebrations of Life will be held in West Weber (1021 N 4700 W) on August 3rd at 2 p.m., and in Chugiak, AK on August 10th. A private internment ceremony will be held. His wife or father may be contacted for more information. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to The Alaska Bird Club in Josh's name.