Jagdish Singh Gill was born in Mullanpur, Punjab, India, in August 10,1929 to Chanan Singh Gill and Inder Kaur Gill. He was the sixth of seven children. He was preceded in death by Gurbachan, Harbhajan Kaur, Harbhajan, Harchand and Gurcharan and is survived by a younger brother Ajit Singh Gill.\n \nJagdish attended Sudhar H.S., D.M. College at Moga, Sudhar College and Mahindra College Pataila (an affiliate of Punjab University). As a member of Punjab University, he was Captain of the Track Team that won the All-India University Track and Field Championship in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1952-53. He set records in the 400M, 800M and Medley Relay events and along with his brother Ajit Gill the 400Mx4 Relay, all critical to winning the overall team Championship.\n \nJagdish worked as an Inspector of Marketing at Batinda Dist. before being appointed Sports Officer at Chandigarh India from 1959-1965. He was also a contractor with the Hindustan Construction Company from 1965-1969 working on various projects in Assam, Utter Pardesh and Punjab respectively. In 1969, he emigrated to the United States, settling in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked for the State of Utah as a State Appraiser from 1971-1980 where he traveled the entire State that allowed him to both see and meet people from different communities. His love of the outdoors and curiosity about different people was greatly nurtured during this time. Eventually, he moved to the State Tax Commission where he worked as an auditor until his retirement in 1999.\n \nIn 1960, Jagdish married Surjit Kaur Pahal. They had two children, Simarjit S. Gill “Sim” (Jamie Tabish) and Sarvjit S. Gill “Sarg”(Falguni Mehta). In 1977, Jagdish adopted his niece Davinder Gill (Inderjit Dillon) as his daughter. Jagdish and Surjit had eight grandchildren, Ricky, Jeena (preceded in death), Immy, Vikram, Anjali, Arjan, Nisha and Mira.\n \nJagdish was an incredible man of compassion, kindness and deep faith. He helped establish the first Sikh Temple of Utah serving as the founding Trustee and Board Member until his death. He cultivated a character of community service consistent with his faith. For him, it did not matter what faith, culture or community one came from but if it was within his capacity to help another he felt it was his duty to do so. Once, in the 1970’s a fellow Indian and his family were traveling through Salt Lake and his car broke down and with limited funds. Distraught and in panic he called the first Indian name he recognized in the phonebook. Jagdish took his call, got a care package of food for his family and helped repair his car and filled it up with gas and gave him enough money to finish his move to California. This desire to serve came from his faith. He was a spiritual person who meditated, prayed everyday.\n \nAs a young man and throughout his life Jagdish played sports and enjoyed physical activities and the outdoors. Every summer he would be hiking, camping and on every weekend he and his friends would picnic, cook and spend time in the mountains. Tennis and golf were his lifelong passions. He golfed until his 92nd birthday. In fact, an injury to his knee was what kept him playing this last year. A couple of months ago, he called excited because he had decided he needed a knee replacement so he could be out playing golf again. That’s just the way he was through his life, eternally optimistic and positive in outlook.\n\f\nFriendships, good food, music and dancing always brought out the best in him. He loved laughing, telling jokes and was always up for any social event. As he got later in life his nieces and nephews looked upon him as their father figure and he showered them with affection.\nSohan and Surinder Gill and their family was always very dear to him. Especially, Sohan who was a constant source of good humor, love and affection.\n \nJagdish, loved life, feared nothing and took on any obstacle as a challenge that could never defeat him. He sacrificed for his family to give them a better chance at life, he assisted his extended family in supporting to bring them to this country he loved so much. He always gave more, asked for less in return and always made sure you did not give up. Just like he never gave up.\n \nInfused with love and hope for his fellow man, he will be missed, never forgotten and always leave a good memory when remembered by those who were lucky enough to know him.\n \nServices for Jagdish will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday May 25, 2023, at the Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Home located at 1007 South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095. A general viewing will begin at 10:00 AM followed by services at 11:00 AM. Following the preceding, religious services and a lunch (langar) will take place at the Sikh Temple of Utah located at 4879 South Redwood Rd. Taylorsville, UT 84123.