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Kelly Ray Sondrup

July 26, 1958 — July 2, 2024

St. George, UT

Kelly Ray Sondrup, age 65 , beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather, passed from this earthly realm into his Heavenly Father’s kingdom on July 2, 2024 after a valiantly fought battle with cancer. 

Kelly was born July 26, 1958 in Mount Pleasant, Utah to Clifford Harvey Sondrup and Maxine Barlow. He was the youngest of 5 children with Kevin, Daryl, Theron, and Lora as his siblings. He grew up in Ephraim, Utah, enjoying life in a beautiful, peaceful farming community. He attended Manti High School and graduated in 1976. 

Kelly started his college education at Snow College in Ephraim before serving a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Portland Oregon mission. After returning from his mission, he moved to Logan, Utah to further his education at Utah State University. While at Utah State, Kelly met and married Charlyn Hatch and became a father to 5 wonderful children, Lynette, Maria, Aaron, Zachary and Cliff. After graduating from Utah State University, Kelly attended BYU and got his Master’s Degree and was working toward his doctorate. Kelly and Charlyn later divorced. Kelly met Shawn Fischer, married and had two more wonderful children, Logan and Melanee. They later divorced. In the early spring of 2002, Kelly and Suzanne Palmer met and married after a whirlwind courtship. They were later sealed in the Manti Utah Temple for time and all eternity. Kelly gained 4 more great kids (Kristen, Nathan, Mikayla and Cassie) through this relationship. He adopted Suzanne’s two youngest girls and officially became a father of nine children. 

Kelly was a very loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved to take his kids fishing, hiking and camping whenever he got the chance in the middle of trying to work full time and go to school full time. He cherished those times and always wanted to spend as much time as possible with them. After becoming a grandfather, he absolutely loved being around his grandchildren. Early in his marriage to Suzanne, he started having health problems that made it difficult to do the things he loved. He played basketball in high school and was a fan of football as well. He was a huge BYU and Utah State fan but also always rooted for the Utah college teams when they were in championship games as long as they weren’t playing each other. If they were playing against each other, he always rooted for BYU. He loved college football and basketball, enjoying the various matchups over the years. Go Cougs!

He has served in many positions through the years in church and loves the gospel of Jesus Christ with all of his heart. He is a kind, loving, and supportive husband to Suzanne. He is a man of God and always tries to look at people in their best light. He is a great example to his wife and family. Kelly is a fighter and his strength will be remembered by all who knew him.

Kelly is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne, currently residing in St. George, Utah, brother Theron (Winona) Sondrup, Orem UT, sister Lora (Lee) Cox, Manti UT, daughter Lynette (AJ) Shaffer, Tooele UT, daughter Maria (Armando) Couret, Farmington UT, son Aaron Sondrup, Salt Lake City UT, son Zachary Sondrup, St. George UT, son Cliff Sondrup, Salt Lake City UT, son Logan (Kaili) Sondrup, Mountain Home AR, daughter Melanee (Corbin) Clarke, Spanish Fork UT, Kristen Fitzgerald, St George UT, Nathan Fitzgerald, Monroe UT, Mikayla (Nicholas) Bassett, St. George UT, Cassie Sondrup, St George UT. He is also survived by 26 beautiful grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. 

Funeral services will be held on July 11, 2024 at 11 a.m. located at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 450 North 200 West Ephraim, Utah. With an Interment to follow at Ephraim Park Cemetery at 12 a.m. No viewing prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice in Kelly’s name. 

Kelly’s family would like to thank all of their families and friends that have loved and supported them through these difficult times. Many thanks go to the home health and hospice staff at Intermountain Home Health and Hospice. We are so grateful to Kandalee, Sharlene, Liz, Kurt, Kylie, Sarah and Laney and all of the other staff that helped. It made our family’s load lighter. To the amazing staff, doctors and others at the Intermountain Cancer Center, we thank you. Dr. Rhodes, Jen and everyone in the Infusion and Radiation Oncology, you were superb. We couldn’t have asked for better care anywhere in the country. To Dr. Hope Burkett, thank you… You did everything humanly possible to make this a happier outcome. We are grateful to all of you. 

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