Mont Leon Shepherd, 87, of Ephraim, returned to the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on February 16, 2018, due to complications of Endocarditis. He had his loving wife and children at his side at the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. Mont was a very kind, loving and caring person; a father of 8, grandfather of 17, a great-grandfather of 31, and a great-great grandfather of 1.
Mont was born October 6, 1930 to Gilbert LeRoy and Viola May Morgan Shepherd at his home in Salt Lake City, UT. The family moved to Levan when he was 6 years old and this was where he grew up and went to the local grade schools and graduated from Juab High School in Nephi, UT
Mont was a master at many things and was always busy. He always gave each thing he did his all and his best.
He married Loraine Henrie from Delta, UT, they later divorced. He then married Sarah McEntire, they later divorced. He was blessed with 3 children from these two marriages: NaLana Rae (Daniel) Hughes, Terri Lynne (Steven) Higdon and William Jacob "Jake" (Shannon) Shepherd. In 1974 he married Maxine Garbe Stevenson and gained a family of 5 more children: Susan, Ron (Freddie Ann), Gary (Becky), Sandra, and Robert (Jody).
Mont joined the National Guard in Nephi and served 6 years, one of active service during the Korean War. They cut trees and built a log church and lined the inside with green parachutes. They sent back to the states for sacrament trays. This church was dedicated as the first LDS chapel in Korea, the soldiers happily held their meetings in the new chapel.
Mont’s main profession was a glazer and building contractor. He spent 10 years in Las Vegas and worked on some of the big casinos. He worked 10 years in Phoenix, AZ on numerous projects. Mont moved back to Levan and started his own contracting business. Later he took a position as a foreman of the carpentry shop at Snow College in Ephraim. He was also their glazer, locksmith and served 16 years as campus fire marshal. He worked in helping construct the college president’s house, the bell tower, the fountain and numerous other remodeling jobs at the college. He served Ephraim City as a member of the Safety and Planning Committee and the Beautification Committee.
Mont was known for his beautiful yard which was always well groomed and a beautiful big garden. He was happiest when with his wife and family, working in the yard or garden. He loved playing golf with his wife and friends.
Mont was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions. After he retired he and his wife served 11 years as ordinance workers in the Manti Temple.
Mont was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Terri; 5 brothers and 1 sister. He will be greatly missed by all, but now he is out of pain and doing what makes him happy, serving his Heavenly Father.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Ephraim 6th Ward Chapel, 420 North 200 West. Viewings will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the church from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Ephraim Park Cemetery with military honors. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com