Elmer Heward, 94, passed away peacefully in his home on February 8th, surrounded by loved ones. He lived a full, honorable life, and will be remembered for his faith and integrity. He is survived by his wife, Jean, with whom he shared 70 years of love, fidelity, and devotion, and children, Susan (Tim), Gary (Diana), Kim (Michele), and Marlyce, 13 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.\n\nElmer was born September 26, 1928 in Woodruff, Arizona. He was the ninth of 12 children born to John Edwin Heward and Hazel Turley. A sister, Anna, and brother Dale, remain with us. The Heward siblings loved getting together! Family reunions for the entire clan were greatly enjoyed annually into the 1990’s. Now Elmer has been welcomed into an eternal reunion.\n\nElmer was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1950 he completed a mission to Western Canada, and loved serving the Canadian people and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Events over the next 1 1/2 years quickly changed the direction of his life. He returned home, joined the Army (during the Korean conflict), married Ruth Barker, and had a daughter, Susan. Four months later, Ruth died of leukemia. Devastated, but resolved that he had to go on for his baby girl, he put his trust in the Lord and moved forward. The Lord directed him to Jean Snader, who coincidentally, had also served in the western Canadian mission and they married August 27, 1953. They added four more children to the family.\n\nElmer’s career started in the restaurant business with Brick Oven in Provo, Utah (previously named Heaps a Pizza). He and some partners took the venture to Seattle, WA, and established some of the first pizza restaurants in the northwest. Pizza Haven is still in operation with multiple locations. After 13 years, he tired of that business, sold out, and went into management of a miniature golf course in Redwood City, CA, which he did till the end of his career.\n\nIn the mid-80s Elmer and Jean retired to a beautiful 5 acre ranch in Grass Valley, CA and built their own home. In 1994 they were called to serve a 20 month mission to the Laie Hawaiian temple. They return to live out their retirement dream at their beloved ranch. That all changed February 25, 1997 when Elmer was pruning an apple tree, stepped out on a rotten branch and fell to the ground, breaking his back, resulting in paralysis. He spent the past 26 years in a wheelchair. With the expert nursing care of Jean, he carried on best he could.\n\nElmer and Jean moved to Utah in September 2021 when Elmer needed more care. He spent the last 16 months declining and yearning to pass on. He died with a strong faith in Jesus Christ and the belief that he would be greeted by family and friends on the other side. He wasn’t perfect, but he always tried to set things right. He died with a clean conscience.\n\nHe was laid to rest in Elysian Gardens, Salt Lake City, Utah.\n\nThere will be a memorial service for him on Sunday, February 26th at 5 PM at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home, 1007 W South Jordan Parkway(10600 S) South jordan, Utah 84095.