- 54 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 7, 1957
- Place of birth:
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
- Date of passing: Feb 16, 2012
- Place of passing:
Layton, Utah, United States
|"Bless us to have a party"|
Michael Jeff Hepworth (Hippy, Doc, Iron Mike)
Mike, beloved son of Ted and Jewel Hepworth; father to Josie Ann; brother to Brian, Roy (deceased), Grant, Quinn and Jaynee, passed away at home on February 16, 2012 after his courageous fight with cancer. Mike was born September 7, 1957, in Salt Lake City. Mike was a kind and generous man. He loved was by family, relatives, friends, co-workers, bosses and everybody that had the privilege of knowing him. Mike married Rebekah Vincent in 1990. They had a beautiful daughter, Josie Ann, and later divorced.
Mike was a star athlete. He excelled in baseball, track, motorcycle hill climbing, motorcycle racing, trap shooting and ditching classes at Viewmont High School. Mike graduated with Honors from Trade Technical College in Salt Lake City. He was an artist at custom welding and modifying engines. Any dirt bike, ATV, snowmobile, watercraft or race bike that won a trophy throughout Utah, Mike either worked on it or advised on it. Mike loved motor sports and owned several modified toys to ride in each season. In spring, Mike often rode snowmobiles in the morning and jet skis later the same day!
Mike was an expert trap shooter and willingly showed off his skills to the dismay of other competitors. He won so many turkeys, several relatives’ freezers were full to capacity. Besides jet skiing up rivers, camping, mountain bicycling, scuba diving, snowmobiling and dirt biking, collecting and shooting firearms was his favorite hobby.
Mike was lovingly cared for the last year and a half by his daughter Josie Ann, Dianna McClintock, his family, doctors, nurses and care givers of Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hearts for Hospice. We’d like to thank the University of Utah Hospital, The Huntsman Cancer Institute and Hearts of Hospice for their generosity and loving care.
Mike honorably donated his body to the University of Utah Science Research Program. With every donation, brings forth a new light to the cure and generations to come…
Per Mike’s request, there was not a funeral. He wanted a celebration. Two “Celebration of Life” wakes were held to honor Mike. Saturday March 3, 2012 from 1-4 PM at the Davis Conference Center Twilight Ballroom in Layton, Utah. Another celebration was held Sunday March 4, 2012 from 3 PM to dusk at the Full Throttle 215 Motorcross Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.
For those who would like to donate, there is a Michael Jeff Hepworth Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.
Please visit Mike's Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lists/114131555382167#!/profile.php?id=100003559698257
Please read the Davis County Clipper Obituary
Please read the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune Obituary
"We visited your Dad today at the VA Hospital, think we talked him into spending more time down here before seeing you again 'up there' -- sure do miss you though. Your daughter Josie is just as beautiful as when you left us, your Mom is still overcoming her health challenges as she rallies your Dad to overcome his latest challenge, and your brother Grant still has that big 'Teddy Bear' smile and warm embrace -- loved spending time with them all ... and we ALL love you :-)"
"Thinking of fond memories and still a sense of loss for my cousin Mike, all-around 'Good Guy' and cherished relative. RIP dear Cuz"
"I'm so glad Mike and I got to visit considerably @ his dad's 80th. Something I always admired about Mike was he "dared" to live life to the fullest. He was "Fonzy" long before Henry Winkler portrayed the character. Mike was and still is the King of "Cool". Look up "cool" in Webster's and it probably says "see Mike Hepworth". You will be sorely missed. 'Til we meet again dear counsin."
"Cousin Mike --I wanted to do you (and your folks) a kind favor by taking you to Chemo those few times at HCI but the roles reversed -- you did me the favor by allowing the 2 of us to re-connect and share great memories of our youth when our families got together often. Great times in Yellowstone Park and in Bountiful/Centerville that the years will never erase, 'motor on' good buddy! -JB"
"My heart is full of sadness and my prayers are with you. Mike, Brian and I grew up together. Our friendship is forever. I have many memories of Mike. One that will always be with me and my wife is he was my best man at our wedding. I moved on to Alaska, but over time and distance our friendship stayed the same. Mike was one of the best buddies anyone could have. Always a friend."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Remember all the happy times you were able to spend with Mike. I have known Mike since grade school.
Marianne van Bree Christiansen"
"May your family be blessed with peace during this time of sorrow. I know Mike is up there with Todd!! they both loved to do the same things, they loved life and lived it the best they could!! Love all of you! your Cuz Lisa Baker Walton x0x0x0x"
"Thank you for being such a great brother and friend. I have lots of fun memories Jet Skiing, Hacky Sack, Snowmobiling, Building Snow Sculptures, Mountain Biking, Dirt Biking, Volleyball, Hooky Bobbing and Couch Potato Ball. Love you. Miss you."
"All the days we had more fun than we were suposed to, here's to my little brother "We were Centervillians" love you."
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