Our family’s hope has been that he would still be with us, but it was not to be according to our wishes. Forrest Mann Terrell left this mortal existence on January 28, 2023 after a recent illness.
Forrest Mann Terrell was born December 12, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia to Forrest Winn Terrell and Anne Pauline Cox Terrell. His early life was lived in the childhood freedom in the country areas around Richmond. He enjoyed animals and even had a small chicken delivery business as a youth. His brother Ken and sister Sherry joined the family and they moved to Richmond.
When Forrest was fourteen years old, the family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Richmond. He became friends with Martha (Marcie) Eitel there. After graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School, where he participated in the cadet corps honor guard and military band, he attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He and Marcie were married in the Salt Lake City Temple and he continued his education with a master’s degree in geology. Employment with Mountain Fuel Supply took him to Denver, Colorado. He loved being a field geologist and later joined the management team so he could spend more time with the family. He later became the Denver Division Manager.
Three sons joined the family: Michael, Eric, and Richard. The family moved to Farmington, Utah when Forrest was transferred to the Wexpro portion of Mt. Fuel. They later built a home in Morgan and raised llamas and goats. He loved animals and gardening. Forrest enjoyed serving in the church in many callings. He and Marcie enjoyed being service missionaries together in Ogden, Utah. Forrest also had an ongoing interest in Amateur Radio and participated in many Ham Radio nets and events in the community. A recent new interest was learning classical guitar and playing fun duets.
Forrest is survived by his wife, Marcie, sons Michael, Eric (Derika), Richard, five grandchildren (Tiaunna, Aria, Camden, Kiaralei, and Gaden Terrell), a sister Sherry (Jeff) Byiers, sisters-in-law Carole Terry, Diane (Bill) Lifferth, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, and his younger brother Ken. Appreciation is given to the care given Forrest from professionals from Ogden Regional Medical Center and Atlas Hospice.
Forrest will always be remembered for his gentle, quiet, and thoughtful ways. On January 20, 2023, with great effort, he wrote “My Testament”: “In the beginning, Marcie and I chose to make Christ first in our lives. It has made all the difference in our lives. All good things have come from that decision and still do—the plan of salvation being one of the most critical.”
So, to our well-loved gentle giant of a man—we love you and we will be reunited again.
The funeral service for Forrest will be February 2 (Thursday), 2023 at 11 am, at the Porterville Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2700 South Morgan Valley Drive, Morgan, Utah. Viewing is one hour prior to the service. Interment in the South Morgan Cemetery.