DeRell Sudweeks

Our beloved father and grandfather passed to the other side of the veil on September 3, 2023, at 87 years old. We will miss him immensely.  His spirit will be felt with all those that mourn his passing but we know we will see him again. 

He was born on July 8, 1936, in Tropic, Utah where he grew up his whole life.  He served in the Army from 1960 to 1962 as a policeman and was an excellent marksman.  He was stationed in Germany for the majority of his service. He married his sweetheart, Sarah Louise Porter, on Christmas Eve, Dec 24, 1961, in Hatch, Utah. They had six children, Rell K. Sudweeks (Suzy), Lou Jean Leavitt (Richard), Anita Melton (Rocky), Florene Sudweeks, Bob R. Sudweeks (Melissa), and Claude Brendon.  They were married for 50 years before his beloved Sarah passed away in 2011. He worked in many different positions at the Panguitch sawmill for 35 years.  The last position he held before retiring was resaw.  He took over his father Claud’s farm in East Valley, UT.  The farm was owned over three generations, starting with John Millard Allen,  father-in-law, who then handed it down to his son John Chancy Allen, brother-in-law. Claud bought it from John Chancy for the price of a milk cow.  With 8 children to feed, cows were valuable.  He worked on the farm for over 50 years until he was 86 years young.   He enjoyed family get-togethers and family reunions. You would often hear him say, “ Isn’t this super!”, referring to the enjoyment of being together.  In fact, we don’t think he has ever missed a reunion. The Sudweeks held annual reunions and originally started in Red Canyon beginning in dad’s teens.  These beloved reunions continue today at Pine Lake or Tropic Reservoir. We’re sure he is glad to watch them from above. He had a genuine passion for being of service to others by plowing their gardens, removing snow from their driveway, fixing farm equipment, or visiting them in the care center. He took great pride in working the family farm and raising livestock.  

He is survived by five of his six children, and his sister Mira Loy Ott (Robert). 

He was preceded in death by his parents: Claud and Emma Jane Sudweeks, wife: Sarah Sudweeks, son: Claude Brendon, and siblings: Floris F. Sudweeks, Dellis Sudweeks (Ozro Grant LeFevre), Reda Sudweeks, Elvin J Sudweeks (Rita), Daniel Allen Sudweeks (Calrene), Rodney M. Sudweeks (Betty), Emma Leda Sudweeks (Parley Pratt), and Claudia Re Von Sudweeks (James Deward Smith).

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023 at 12:30 PM in the Tropic Utah LDS Church, with a viewing from 11:00-12:15. Burial will be in the Tropic Cemetery. Services were arranged with Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab, Utah.

A livestream link will be made available for those who want to watch the services when it becomes available.

Meeting ID: 858 9316 6218 Passcode: 424308


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