February 9, 1935 ~ June 12, 2018
Donald Hugo Mogensen, 83, passed away peacefully in Ogden, Utah, on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 9, 1935, to Hugo Mogensen and Marion Jane (Ressl) Mogensen (Scott), Don was married to Edith Ursula Mogensen in Munich, Germany, on June 14, 1960. They resided in Marriott-Slaterville, Utah, for over 50 years, since 1965.
Don served in the Army from February 1953, to August 1962, in Germany and was proud of his service; that is where he met his wife, Edith.
Don loved fishing and hunting over the years, especially with his wife, Edith and his family (kids, brother-in-laws, grandkids, close friends) and shared many of his stories with others. Our Fondest memories of dad bring to mind fishing with him out at Bear River or waiting to see if a buck showed up while sitting on his rock, eating sardines while hunting, memories to be cherished and never forgotten.
Don was a brick mason from 1965 to 1997, and a member of union local #6 and local #1. In 1976, Don was recognized with the "Utah Golden Trowel award" as an Outstanding Journeyman Mason.
Much like his wife, Don loved his dogs and over the years had many special companions, most notably, his German Shepherd, Hansel.
Don was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Edith M. Mogensen; he was also preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Marlene Conger. Don is survived by his daughter, Marion E. (Lex) Miller; and son, Don P. (Tammy) Mogensen; his grandchildren: Jesika (Tyson) Bair, Kristian (Stephanie) Miller, Kiefer Mogensen, Alex (Ashlee) Visser, Caitie (Alex) Govern; and six great-grandchildren. Don is also survived by a sister, Lona Brown.
Rest in Peace Dad.
Don was a very creative person and amazing in many ways; he could always fix whatever was broken. He enjoyed building things and was always working on projects around the house. Don was a "back yard" inventor and over the years had several inventions that he considered having patented.
Don worked hard and had the best of intentions when it came to helping his family. From a young age, Don helped build home additions, fireplaces and many other things for his family.
I helped my dad growing up and learned a lot of things from him, like how to fix and build things. You may also find him chopping wood for his fire place or grilling on his patio.
Don loved to tease people and rather than a simple "hello" would typically say "What's up, Doc." With a smile and a twinkle in his eye, he would joke around with others and then chuckle as people caught on to his teasing.
I will always remember his blue eyes and will always remember the face of my father. Even in the last few years of his life where Alzheimer's and Dementia ruled, he loved telling jokes and teasing with family and the nursing staff. For many years Don grew and harvested a backyard garden. He could often be found out by his garden eating radishes with one or more of his grandkids. He spent many summer days and evenings with his wife, teaching his grandkids to play Gin Rummy. He loved to play cards especially Poker and Rummy with friends and grandkids. Dad was a very special person to know - We will miss him every day.
A special Thank You to the staff at Peachtree Place, Brighton Home and Hospice and Bristol Home and Hospice for helping with his care and making him comfortable.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Premier Funeral Services 5335 S. 1950 W. Roy, UT 84067, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, from 10 to 11 a.m. Graveside services and Interment will be held afterwards at Washington Heights Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America: